Call 811 Before You Dig
The ground you walk, drive and play on every day covers an incredible amount of buried utilities. In fact, there are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, according to data compiled by the Common Ground Alliance from various industry groups. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries, and costly repairs.
2 Days Before
It is important to notify your local one-call center by dialing 811 at least two days before you plan to dig in your yard – even for small projects like installing a mailbox or planting a flower bed. When calling 811, you will give the operator information about how to contact you, where you are planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing.
We Will Come & Mark the Area
Utility companies who have potential facilities in the area of your dig site will be notified about your intent to dig. Each affected utility company will send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground utility lines.
Make the Call
Data shows that when you call 811 the appropriate amount of time before digging, you have a less than 1% chance of striking a buried utility line.