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Per the above scenario, it is apparent that not only is Hydro-Excavation more cost efficient, this method also saves valuable time, frees up personnel,  and any damage to surrounding areas is greatly reduced.

Option 2: Hydro-Excavation Method


Option 1: Traditional Excavation Method

Let's assume that Acme Utility Co. needs to uncover a 2 ft. x 2 ft. area in order to expose utility lines that they believe to be six feet underground, then backfill with clean material and restore to its original condition.

To effectively evaluate the costs versus benefits of hydro-excavation compared to mechanical excavation methods, let's take a look at the following scenario. 

Is Hydro-Excavation more cost efficient than traditional methods?

Improved safety and damage prevention top the list of key benefits of hydro-excavation. An underground utility strike can be catastrophic, affecting thousands of people and costing millions of dollars. A single incident may cause personal injury or death, property damage, lost work opportunity, community disruption, ecological damage and insurance liability.


More than 40 percent of pipeline system leaks and ruptures are caused by damage from outside force, and more than half of all cable service outages are caused by excavation damage.
While disruption of a telecommunications network is not as inherently dangerous, it can be expensive and inconvenient, impacting traffic control systems, health services and emergency response activities. The importance of minimizing underground utility strikes and their consequences cannot be denied.


Using hydro-excavation in such situations can avoid:


• “Hits” or “strikes” on underground utility lines, cables and pipes
• High costs to repair damaged infrastructure
• Costs and inconvenience of interrupted utility services
• Serious injury or death to workers and the public
• Liability and increased insurance costs
• Loss of a company’s reputation, revenues and employee morale

Is Hydro-Excavation a safer alternative to traditional excavation methods?

Hydro-Excavation is a process which uses high-pressure water and vacuum technology to cleanly and safely cut through dirt, rocks, and debris to expose utility and electrical systems, pipelines, or to clear a path for future projects, providing a non-destructive means to precisely excavate an area.

What is Hydro-Excavation?

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