Posted by Laderan, a resident of the Portola Valley: Ladera neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm
A couple of weeks ago, the contractor on that project broke the water main. The whole disaster should be halted and condemned by the county. An earlier contractor cut away at the hillside to maximize the flat area, and dug away part of the uphill owner's land: destabilizing the hillside and, oh gosh oh gee, exposing utility pipes to risk.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm
I hate to tell you this but there is a service all contractors use (or are supposed to) that will supposedly identify the location of underground utilities. I have used it many times. Unfortunately, in my experience, it can be about as reliable as a couple of devineing rods. I had one job USA'd (underground services association) and the markings for the gas were off by TEN feet. Had we not been lucky enough to see the gas line while we were digging, we would have severed a gas line. AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN OUR FAULT. They encourage you to "USA before you dig" but they can be highly inaccurate in where they locate the buried pipes. So this may not have been the contractor's fault.