August 11 serves as a good reminder to always call 811 before digging

Every year, more than 165,000 underground utility lines are unintentionally damaged in this country.  An estimated one-third of that damage is preventable by dialing three simple numbers:  811

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a trees and are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

811 is a free, FCC-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center will then alert the appropriate underground facility owners so they can dispatch locators to mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

How can you celebrate 8-11? Learn more about 811.  Make a promise, and make a difference.  Visit for further details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *