Established in 1972, the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a communication link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity. Though O.U.P.S. does not physically mark lines, we do relay digging and excavation requests to our member network of utilities and underground facility owners. This network includes, but not limited to: cable television, natural gas, electrical, water, sewer and telecommunications companies.
Our continued commitment to advanced technologies has given our organization an advantage, recognized both statewide and nationally. We also devote a significant portion of our time and resources to promoting safe digging throughout the state, through presentations, special events, partnerships, and public education and outreach initiatives.
MISSION & HISTORY
Our mission is to prevent damage to member facilities and promote public safety by providing an efficient and effective communication and education process.
The Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) was founded in 1972 as a nonprofit collaboration of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, East Ohio Gas Company and Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. Charged with protecting Ohio’s underground infrastructure, the alliance provided notification to facility owners about planned excavation activities. Within its first year, O.U.P.S. processed 13,678 excavation requests. In the years to follow, the organization expanded membership and developed its departments. The incorporation of technology and modernization of everyday operations has solidified the organization’s position as a damage prevention industry leader. Today, O.U.P.S. has over 1,300 members and receives over 1 million excavation requests annually.