Aug. 11 serves as reminder to call 811 before digging

Aug. 11 serves as reminder to call 811 before digging

Rock Energy Cooperative hopes that Aug. 11 (8/11) will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 before any digging project so underground utility lines can be marked.

One free phone call to 811 is all it takes to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. In Wisconsin, you must call three business days prior to digging to ensure enough time for utility lines to be properly marked. Illinois law specifies that you must call two days before digging.

When you call 811, a representative will ask for the location and description of your digging project. Then the affected utility companies will send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of underground lines. Once lines have been properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.

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On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, Rock Energy reminds homeowners and professional contractors to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line. It is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.   

Striking a single line can cause injury, death, 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, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of projects that need a call to 811.

For more information about safe digging practices, click here. And remember to pick up the phone and call 811 before picking up your shovel.