Before you dig
If you are planning to excavate, the last thing you want to do is hit a cable. Please play it safe by using our cable location services to check what is in the ground before you dig.
It is FREE to submit a BeforeUdig enquiry.
Whether you are a homeowner wanting to replace a fence, or a contractor that needs to excavate or thrust a new duct, beforeUdig.co.nz is the best place to start your project. Not only will you help to ensure the safety of the people working on your project, BeforeUdig will also assist in preventing damage to underground utilities; power, telecommunications, water and gas services.
Please use beforeUdig.co.nz if you are digging a hole, or operating machinery near overhead power lines. The most common BeforeUdig inquiries are for the following activities:
The beforeUdig.co.nz service aims to:
To use the free BeforeUdig enquiry service just follow these simple steps:
We will confirm that your request has been received and you will be emailed information about the underground and overhead services in the location. Horizon aim to respond with details about our Network distribution electricity assets (<50kV) within 2 working days. Please allow enough lead time to receive this information and to schedule an onsite locate before your planned start date.
On-site cable location service
It is mandatory for all underground Horizon Network cables to be located and marked onsite by a Horizon Networks Asset Inspector prior to the commencement of works. If there are Horizon owned Network cables present on site, then we offer this location and mark up service FREE of charge.
Once the cable is located, its position is marked with orange paint as a digging guide. Begin work carefully to find the cable's exact location, hand dig to pot-hole the cable depth.
If there are no Horizon Network cables present and the customer wishes to have the privately-owned service cables located and marked, then a minimum base fee of $160 + GST will apply.
Safety with Underground Services
We recommend that you familiarize yourself and those carrying out the work with the Work Safe guide on safety with Underground Services and the safe systems of work within it:
View Guide for Safety with Underground Services
The following link may also be useful: