Lightpath Utilities is an underground utilities construction company with offices in Harrow and Windsor.
Established in 2010, Lightpath has always put safety and professionalism first. Doing several projects
around the Windsor - Essex region mostly Fibre To The Home projects for MNSi, as well as work for Telus,
Cogeco, Essex Power, EnWin Utilities, City of Windsor, and Town of Tecumseh.
We pride ourselves on the quality of work we do, corporate responsibility and adhering to our business ethics and principles of honesty, transparency and accountability. This stems from the understanding that the economic, social and environmental choices we make as a corporation affect the lives of our customers, employees and communities.
Just remember the five P's, Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
Hydro Excavation is the process of removing or moving soil with pressurized water. An air conveyance
or vacuum is then used to transfer the soil or debris to a debris tank. This allows for a
non-destructive and more accurate way to excavate soil and locate underground utilities.
The cold weather in Canada often caused the soil to be frozen. This made it harder to excavate using
traditional methods. Canadian contractors discovered that using hydro excavation with heated water
was a good way to get the job done.
Hydro excavation equipment combines high-pressure water with an air vacuum. This system cuts through the soils and breaks it up. The vacuum then lifts the slurry from the excavation area. The debris is transferred to a debris tank. Using hydro excavation avoids damage to underground pipes, lines and cables. This in turn eliminates the high expenses needed for repairs and restoration. Needing to do fewer repairs means less time to get the job done too. Interrupted utilities bring inconveniences and high costs. This process of excavation is able to minimize damages.
Directional boring, also referred to as horizontal directional drilling (HDD), is a minimal impact trenchless method of installing underground utilities such as pipe, conduit, or cables in a relatively shallow arc or radius along a prescribed underground path using a surface-launched drilling rig. Directional Boring/HDD offers significant environmental advantages over traditional cut and cover pipeline/utility installations. The technique is routinely used when conventional trenching or excavating is not practical or when minimal surface disturbance is required.
Utility locating is a practice in which an individual or team of trained locating technicians utilize a variety of equipment and tools in order to pin point the location of underground utilities before excavation. The most common method of locating utilities, is through the use of electromagnetic currents. Locating equipment that generates electromagnetic radio frequency allows the receiver to detect utilities that contain conductive materials. This is a reliable method for locating underground electric, cable, telephone, water, sewer and propane lines. Once a utility is found, it is then marked with paint so excavators know a utility is buried in that exact location. This locating is then mapped and used for permitting.
Prior to any work being done on the street, engineers have surveyed the area, examined drawings and prepared all the design work. From this point permits are obtained from the City/Municipality and contractors are selected. Once permission is granted by you, the home owner, the contractor is given authorization to proceed with work on your property. Regardless of your decision, work along the street in the strip of municipal land in front of your house will proceed.
Did you know that when you (or a contractor performing work for you) dig by hand or excavate with machinery
you risk damaging an underground network of natural gas pipes, telephone lines, hydro or cablevision cables
and water pipes?
The same applies to Lightpath Utilities when we’re preparing to bring Fibre to your neighbourhood. Before
any actual digging or underground work occurs, you’ll notice line location personnel walking around using
special equipment to locate underground utilities. The location of the spots where there are utilities or
mains are marked with specific colour codes (paint, stakes or flags), depending on the utility involved.
Office Number: (519) 737-2172
Emergency Number: (519) 791-1004
|Monday to Friday||7:00 AM to 4:00 PM|
Our crews work even when the offices are closed. You may see them out late at night or on weekends due to our tireless work ethic.