An underground utility line is damaged once every nine minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
BEFORE YOU DIG...
Calling 811 is the most important step!
Call 811 at least a few days before you start any digging project. Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.
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811 in Your State
Each state has its own 811 call center to help you get digging. Choose your state to find information about your area. An 811 representative will take information about your project and notify appropriate utility companies to mark buried lines so you can dig safely around them!
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Did You Know?
Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries and costly repairs.
Call Before You Dig!
Reduce the Risk of Damage
There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, according to data compiled by CGA from various industry groups. That figure equates to more than one football field’s length (105 yards) of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the U.S.
Don't Be a Statistic
Approximately 38.6 million people will dig this year without first having underground utility lines marked.
Buried utilities are everywhere
There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States.
That figure equates to more than one football field’s length (105 yards) of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the United States.
To know what’s below, always call 811 before digging!