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Before You Dig

Call Before You Dig!

Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? 811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project.

A new, federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.

Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

Follow these easy steps – Every time you dig!

  • Call 811 2 days before you dig- You will be connected to your local Utility Underground Location Center (UULC)
  • Wait the required amount of time as instructed by UULC
  • Respect the marks
  • Dig with care

Who needs to call?

Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.