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Next Practices Status Report

Pathways to Improving U.S. Damage Prevention

For more than half a decade, the rate of damage to underground infrastructure in the U.S. has increased or remained stagnant. The hundreds of thousands of individual damages that occur across the country each year cost communities approximately $30 billion annually, according to analysis from the 2019 DIRT Report. 

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) launched its Next Practices Initiative in 2020 to address the damage prevention industry’s most persistent challenges and systemic inefficiencies, with the goal of achieving the next significant reduction in damages to buried utilities. The Next Practices Initiative is led by an Advisory Committee of damage prevention leaders and guided by industry data, quantitative surveys and stakeholder input. In February 2021, CGA published the Next Practices Report to the Industry, which identified three critical issues standing in the way of preventing damages and proposed four of the highest-ROI opportunities for improving the damage prevention system as a whole.

CGA convened working groups of subject matter experts and stakeholder representatives to evaluate each of the four opportunities for systemic improvement, and this Pathways to Improving U.S. Damage Prevention Status Report summarizes the working groups’ delibera-tions, information gathering and analysis over the last eight months, as well as their vision for the future of damage prevention.

Damage Prevention in Your State

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CGA Toolkits

CGA has created a suite of toolkits designed to help members generate public awareness about the importance of damage prevention.

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