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Can You Dig it?

COMMUNITY CENTERGreen EducationYard & LandscapingAug 11, 2014

Author: Rebekah Eastep

It’s National 811 Day! That’s right; August 11th is all about learning to dig safely in order to protect underground utility lines. All you need to know is this: call 811 before you dig! It’s that easy. Within 3 working days, a crew will come out and mark your site with paint and flags indicating where the underground utilities lines are on your property.

Most people don’t stop to think about the network of utility lines that are running beneath their feet. These utility lines are out of sight and out of mind! But you’d surely realize the moment they were gone. Powers out? Toilet won’t flush? No H2O flowing from the tap? That’s what happens when underground utilities are damaged by careless diggers. Even worse than service interruptions is the possibility of wastewater spills. It won’t be pleasant if you bust a wastewater line during your dig – for you or the environment. Not to mention that damage to utility lines cause costly repairs to infrastructure.  

So before you begin your next weekend warrior project, call 811 and find out where the utility lines are on your property.

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