Don’t assume you know where underground utilities are located.
State laws require notification before digging or excavating. By calling 811 you are automatically connected to your state’s one-call center, which will then notify pipeline and utility operations in the area. If the company has underground facilities that might be affected, a representative will be sent to locate and mark – with a temporary flag or spray paint – the buried facilities before you dig using the color system created by the American Public Words Association. Facilities include a number of items such as pipelines, cables, telephone and electric lines.
When Contacting 811, You Should Provide
You will be provided with a locate request number and a list of companies who will be notified of your intended activities. This information should be kept with you on the project site. This is your documentation that you called before digging.