Aug. 11 serves as reminder to call 811 before digging
Rock Energy Cooperative hopes that the designation of Aug. 11 (8-11) as National Safe Digging Day will serve as a reminder for everyone to call 811 before every digging project.
A recent report by Common Ground Alliance determined that nationwide an underground utility line is damaged during digging projects every three minutes.
One free phone call to 811 makes it easy for Diggers Hotline in Wisconsin and JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) in Illinois to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. If you’d rather submit the information online, click here.
In Wisconsin, you must call three business days before 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 Diggers Hotline or JULIE will notify affected utility companies, who will send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines. Once lines have been properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.
“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Randy Gant, natural gas superintendent at Rock Energy. “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”
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, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.
For more information about safe digging practices, click here. And remember to pick up the phone and call 811 before picking up your shovel.