From: Beverly Jarvis – Director of Policy, Projects & Government Relations

Date: June 24, 2022

Subject: Shallow Utilities Consortium – Supply Chain Material Shortages

As communicated in the July 2021 BILD bulletin regarding Supply Chain Material Shortages, the members of the 4-party consortium are seeing a continued trend of strain on the global supply chains. There are material shortages throughout international and North American industrial and utility supply chains that continue to impact the shallow utility construction business in 2022.

The impacts were largely mitigated throughout 2021 and the early part of 2022, however, a supply risk exists with the supply of duct and conduit components, primarily 4” DB2 duct as well as pad mount transformers. The material challenges are due to high demand as well as commodity and labour constraints in the manufacturing and supply sectors.

This supply chain risk coupled with the current high volume of lots under construction may result in project delays. The limited production capacity is an indication that supply impacts may continue for some time.

Our members are actively working with key suppliers of high-risk material to manage the supply risk. Forecasted demand information is being reviewed with suppliers to confirm production and delivery timelines. As a mitigation, project construction adjustments and non-standard 3” pipe may be permitted on a case by case basis to alleviate some of the supply pressures and impacts to URD construction. Our project managers will also be working with our construction partners to find alternative sources of supply and to complete all available work in the event certain materials are unavailable.

Impacts to your specific URD project will be communicated to you via your project manager and / or the service representative at the individual utility.

Mark Kefford, C.E.T
Executive Director
Shallow Utilities Consortium