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Call 811 before you start digging

News | August 1, 2007 | By:

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Building a retaining wall?

Wait! Here’s what you need to know first: Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.

Projects that require digging often involve risky assumptions about utility lines. But every digging job requires a call—even small projects such as planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies, and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area.

Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you, and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.

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