Before You Dig – Know What’s Below!

digsafeThere could be many things below ground in your yard besides earthworms. It’s also where utility lines are located, including the infrastructure for electricity, water, sewer, gas/petroleum, and communications. Part of the communications infrastructure in our communities is the fiber-optic network installed by Pioneer Communications to bring you expanded bandwidth capabilities. This network relies on underground fiber-optic cables.

Before you begin any construction project (even small jobs like planting trees and shrubs), call 811 to get utility lines located and marked for FREE. Keep in mind that the depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you, or even potentially result in fines and repair costs.

With one quick call to 811, all utilites in your area will be notified to come and mark the location of their lines. When you call , be prepared to pinpoint the location of your dig site, describe the type of work to be done, and provide your planned start date for the project. Remember to call at least two business days before you dig.

Ever wondered what the color of the paint and flags used by the locators means? Here’s the universal color code:

  • Orange – Communications, Telephone/CATV
  • Red – Electric
  • Blue – Potable Water
  • Green – Sewer/Drainage
  • Yellow – Gas/Petroleum Pipe Line
  • Purple – Reclaimed Water
  • White – Premark site of intended excavation

It’s really very simple: Don’t pick up the shovel until you pick up the phone. Dialing before you dig isn’t just a recommendation — it’s the law. Call 811 and know what’s below.

April 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|