Locate and protect water and sewer assets 


When there are construction works at a site, there’s always a risk that anyone can damage water, sewer and stormwater assets. When they’re damaged, concrete and other materials can enter the pipes, leading to costly repairs and disruptions to work. 

The flow-on effect impacts not only the site but also neighbours, local businesses, roads and public spaces.   

It’s important for plumbers, builders and contractors to work together to make sure the team on site identify and protect ALL water, sewer and stormwater assets (including private sewer drains) before starting works. 

That’s why it’s important to follow the five Ps to locate and protect these assets while on site. 


Follow the five Ps: 


1. Plan 

Contact Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) and use SEWMap – our free downloaded app that provides instant asset information. These two tools are indicative only and internal property drains may not be available on DBYD.


2. Prepare

Review utility plans and contact the relevant water authority for any questions. Always use an accredited asset locator. Find an accredited asset locator. 


3. Pothole

Confirm the asset locations safely by non-destructive excavation or hand digging.


4. Protect

Taking measures such as marking locations, cut and seal services, bringing any unsealed sewer branches to the surface and letting others on site know about the asset locations are all ways you can protect the assets. 


5. Proceed

Only after you’ve followed steps one to four. 


Why follow the five Ps?

  • Minimise damage to public and private property
  • Reduce delays and disruptions on site 
  • Reduce time consuming and costly repairs
  • Avoid reputation damage
  • Reduce insurance claims, excesses and premiums 

QIN App 

Codesafe’s QIN app is a great resource to access important information about locating and protecting assets from your phone – allowing you to access the information even when you’re offline. 

Find our asset location page on QIN.


Want to know more about the flow on effect? 

Take a look at our video below to learn more about how to follow the five P’s:

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