April 22, 2005
Sask. 1st Call enhances safety
Contractors and homeowners across
Saskatchewan are reminded that, as the spring
construction season gets underway, a call to Sask. 1st
Call is crucial in order to have underground lines
marked before digging begins.
Sask. 1st Call, Saskatchewan's
underground facility location screening and notification
service, is entering its third full year of operation.
Now expanded to 20 members, Sask. 1st Call represents
more than a quarter million kilometres of buried
infrastructure across Saskatchewan, all of which can now
be accessed by a single, toll-free number. All member
companies, ranging from the energy pipeline industry to
the telecommunications sector (see attached list)
believe in the importance of increasing public safety,
while reducing facility damage.
"Sask 1st Call is a growing Saskatchewan
success story in terms of both preventing infrastructure
damage and protecting the public," Minister responsible
for SaskEnergy and TransGas Harry Van Mulligen said.
"One underground line hit is one too many, and greater
public awareness of Sask 1st Call has helped provide
more reliable natural gas service by reducing the number
of pipeline contacts on the SaskEnergy/TransGas system."
In 2004, SaskTel joined Sask 1st Call,
bringing with it the single largest underground network
"SaskTel was pleased to join the Sask.
1st Call program as it provides individuals seeking to
locate underground facilities with a convenient one-call
service," Minister responsible for SaskTel Maynard
Sonntag said. "SaskTel has approximately 160,000 km of
underground facilities in the province and Sask. 1st
Call allows the company to protect the integrity of
services for all SaskTel customers while at the same
time ensuring the safety of the public."
A call to the Sask. 1st Call toll-free
number will connect you to a trained and experienced
Customer Service Representative who will take all the
pertinent information concerning the proposed excavation
and enter it into the screening database. The software
will then determine which of the member companies have
underground facilities at that location, and
automatically send out a notification that a line locate
During 2004 Sask 1st Call issued in
excess of 97,000 notifications to its 20 member
companies for line locates across the province. There is
no charge to customers calling Sask. 1st Call at
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 777-9842
Cell: (306) 535-6569
Phone: (306) 777-4476
Sask. 1st Call Members