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A hydrovac offers many advantages compared to traditional excavation machines. A hydrovac uses water and vacuum to quickly and safely blast through dirt and rocks to expose pipelines, utilities, and electrical systems. It can also be used for any other job that requires sensitive excavation, for underground construction and road building, for instance. High Country Vac Services offers hydrovacs services for a variety of industries in Calgary and throughout Alberta. We are equipped with a TC 407 rating (transportation of hazardous goods capable), ensuring the safe transport and loading of hazardous or contaminated waste streams and an even greater range of potential job types within one unit. If you require hydrovac services in Calgary and the Foothills area, speak to us.


The maintenance of oil and gas pipelines is extremely crucial, and hydrovac is the best way to dig the land safely. Traditional digging methods can accidentally damage pipes leading to cracks and ruptures, costing hefty fines and repairs. Hydrovac trucks, on the other hand, use high-pressure water jets for the excavation process, causing minimal or no damage to the utility.


  • Daylighting
  • Trenching
  • Utility locator
  • Non-destructive excavation
  • Steaming
  • Steam cleaning
  • Spill response
  • Hazardous clean-up
  • Vac work
  • Plant turnaround
  • Thawing
  • Oil field
  • Line jetting/cleaning
  • Lift stations
  • Treatment plants
  • Pipeline crossings


  • Tri-Drive
  • TC 407 code tank
  • Positive air shut down
  • 4m3 fresh water
  • 8m3 debris
  • 4000 Psi triplex wash pump
  • 1 million BTU heater
  • 8702 Blower / 5250 CFM
  • 100 + ft. chemical transfer hose
  • 100 + ft. ¾ Inch steam line
  • 100 + ft. wash hose 8” boom with 25 ft. dig tube
  • Specialty jetting and cleaning tools for thawing or cleaning
  • Bonding mats
  • Lath and ribbon
  • 4 in. bowie pump
  • 300 feet of 6 in. remote hose


  • Confined Space
  • First Aid
  • H2S
  • Dynamo
  • Ground Disturbance
  • TDG
  • Fit Test
  • Fall Protection
  • PPE Training
  • PST / CSTS
  • POST


Which industries use hydrovac services?

These facilities are used by construction companies, municipalities, and oil & gas companies.

What happens to the dirt and water that get sucked up during the hydrovac process?

The water mixes with the dirt to create a slurry, which gets deposited in a holding tank. This mixture is then disposed of in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.

Does the pressurized water cause damage to the underground structures?

It is a safe process as it clears the dirt around the structures.

What are the other uses of this equipment?

Hydrovacs can be used for clearing culverts, cleaning building foundations, draining reservoirs, and trenching in Calgary and other surrounding areas.

Will hydrovac excavation damage the landscaping on my property?

Hydrovac is one of the very few forms of excavation that can be done without damaging the landscaping on your property or causing harm to the soil.

How is the hydrovac excavation technique better than the standard methods?

Using pressurized water cleans and excavates the infrastructure in less time. It is a safe technique with less risk of cutting through other pipelines. This method can be used during winters instead of traditional digging.

How much time does hydrovac excavation take?

It depends on the size and complexity of your project. Call our team to find out about your specific project.

Where can you use hydrovac excavation?

Hydrovac excavation is ideal for inherently sensitive infrastructures (such as utility pipes or underground cables). This is because hydrovac excavation is non-destructive. It does not require digging materials like metal or objects with sharp edges that can penetrate the ground without damaging the underground utility.

Is hydrovac excavation a cost-effective process?

Yes, hydrovac excavation is an extremely cost-effective process. Unlike in traditional digging methods, there is no damage to utility pipelines, cables, etc., in the hydrovac excavation process. This eliminates the need for expenditure on restoration and repair work, saving a considerable amount of money in most cases.

What safety measures do you put in place while working?

Keeping you and our employees safe is our priority. We pay utmost attention to the following safety measures:

  • We ensure that all the equipment used is safe, up-to-date and in good working condition.
  • We replace our equipment consistently to minimize and avoid the possibility of accidents.
  • All our employees are trained in hydrogen sulphide safety, first aid, petroleum safety, entry awareness for confined spaces, transportation of dangerous goods, and WHMIS.
  • We also have obtained the Employer Certificate of Recognition (COR), being WCB insured, being an approved member of the ISNetworld Contractor and using the approved health, safety and environmental operation (HSE) manual.

Overall, hydrovac excavation is a safe process since it does not require a worker to be physically present inside a trench to manage the machinery used in the excavation process. For more information about the safety at  High Country Vac Services, please click here.