Aug. 11 serves as a reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line in the U.S. is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to a representative from USA North, Nevada’s 811 call center. The representative notifies the appropriate utility companies of the homeowner or contractor’s intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.
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.
“On Aug. 11and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Kenya Henderson, NRCGA chair, “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”