Happy 8-1-1 Day!

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Aug. 11, or 8-1-1 on the calendar, is a good reminder to always make a free call to 811 or visit Texas811’s website, so that they can have the approximate location of buried utilities marked before breaking ground. Did you know August recorded the most monthly underground utility damages for the entire year in 2018? Every few minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811, and with more people at home this summer, it’s more important than ever to remember to call 811. Contacting 811 before digging is the easiest way to avoid damaging buried utilities.

How does calling 811 help? While it’s true that calling 811 does add another step to getting that project started, it is the most important step you take. Calling 811 before you dig for any reason saves lives, saves property, and it saves you from causing loss of critical infrastructure. Imagine being without internet service, especially when so many people are relying on it to work from home or participate in online school. The loss of internet or phone service can cause additional stress to those who live and work in the area of your project.

Is it really that simple? Calling 811 can save all of this from happening? Yes, it is absolutely that simple. Call 811, just those three numbers and an agent will take your information. They’ll ask for your name, your project location, the type of work you are doing, what tools you’ll be using and how long you expect the work to take. Then what? Texas811 notifies the utilities that have underground lines in your project area. Please remember though, the Texas One Call Law requires a 48 hour waiting period between locate request submission and when digging begins. This gives the utility owners time to have their lines located and marked in your project area.

The utility locators have marked lines that are buried and you have an all clear to dig. Be mindful of those marks as you dig, keeping the tolerance zone in mind.

August is a busy time here in Texas, but don’t become a part of the statistics. Please join us in doing it the right way. The safe way. For every project, every time, Call 811 a few days in advance. Spread the word and Know What’s Below, Call 811 BEFORE You Dig!

Jennifer Pratt

Program Manager, DPC of Texas