Governor Greg Abbott Proclaims April as Safe Digging Month in Texas

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DPC of TExas

April 2022, Dallas, TX – April marks the official start of digging season across the nation and in Texas, it really is just another month of digging, but with better weather, right? With April, comes Safe Digging Month, a celebration of all that is the 811 one call process and the individuals who move dirt for any reason.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott supports April as Safe Digging Month and has issued a proclamation to commemorate the month. Abbott says “Texans can save time and money while simultaneously keeping their communities safe by making a simple call to 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.”

When anyone digs in Texas, whether planting a tree or digging the foundation of a skyscraper, there is a high probability of an underground utility line being within the dig site.  Hitting an underground utility line does more than interrupt utility service; it risks the safety of the person digging and the public. Calling 8-1-1 is a free service for all who dig in Texas.

Texas law requires homeowners to contact 811 two business days (excluding weekends and holidays) before digging, even if you’re working in your own backyard. 

Homeowners should contact 811 when:

  • Building or repairing a fence
  • Planting a tree
  • Installing a sprinkler system
  • Any chore or maintenance that requires digging

If you are hiring a contractor to do the work for you, it is the contractor’s responsibility to contact 811 two business days prior to digging. You may want to make sure your contractor has notified 811 before the work begins by requesting the ticket number.

To have the utility lines marked in the work area, you can either call 8-1-1 or visit to submit your request.

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Jennifer Pratt

Program Manager
Damage Prevention Council of Texas