The first 1,000 fans through the gates at the Aug. 10 Las Vegas 51s game will receive an 811 t-shirt provided by the Nevada Regional Common Ground Alliance (NRCGA) in honor of National 8/11 Day.
The NRCGA hopes National 811 Day will serve as a reminder for Nevadans to call 811 two business days prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every eight minutes in the United States, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to Nevada’s one-call center. The call center then notifies the appropriate utility companies of the dig. Professional locators are sent to the dig site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both. This service is provided free to the homeowner and contractor.
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, including installing a mailbox, building a deck or patio and planting a tree.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.