Call Before You Dig!
THE FOLLOWING STEPS CAN PREVENT AN INTERRUPTION OF SERVICES OR A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION:
- Contact Gopher State One Call at (1-800-252-1166) www.gopherstateonecall.org
- Call (811) before you dig
- Give two (2) working days' notice before digging (M-F)
- Utility companies will mark the location of underground utility lines
- Respect the utility markers (see chart below) and dig with caution
Homeowners and contractors who are going to undertake projects involving excavation or digging MUST provide at least 48 hours notice. You will need to connect with the state one call center, which will alert participating utility companies such as electric, gas, cable and phone about the planned digging so they can mark the appropriate location of their underground lines if necessary.
REMEMBER: You are responsible for marking your private lines such as invisible pet fences, sprinkler systems, yard lights and gas grill lines.
UTILITIES LOCATION & COORDINATION COUNCIL UNIFORM COLOR CODES:
RED: Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables
YELLOW: Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum, or Gaseous Materials
ORANGE: Communications, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
BLUE: Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
GREEN: Sewers and Drain Lines
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and outages! EVERY digging project – even small projects like installing a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree or garden – warrants a call to (811).
When calling (811), the individual is automatically connected to the local one-call center which collects information about the digging project. The one-call center then transmits this information to the appropriate utility companies who will send representatives to mark the locations of underground lines in the immediate vicinity of the planned work location. Additional information can be found at:
The Natural Gas industry has worked diligently with other stakeholders to implement this throughout the country and we need homeowners and professional excavators to do their part to keep the public safe by calling (811).
IT’S SAFE. IT’S FREE. IT’S THE LAW!