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Nationwide Call Before You Dig Phone Number Launched by the Common Ground Alliance

February 8, 2007

811 LogoI was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Silvio Marcacci on behalf of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) regarding a national consumer safety campaign that was launched at the beginning of this year. The CGA is a coalition of 1,400 members and member organizations who make up the underground utility line and damage prevention industry.

This year CGA is launching 811, the new, national “Call Before You Dig” number to professional excavators and DIY homeowners in an effort to save lives and protect underground utility lines.

811 has been issued by the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the confusion of multiple “Call Before You Dig” numbers across the country. Now, one phone call to 811 will quickly and easily begin the process of getting underground utility lines marked. The 811 call process is efficient, and callers will be routed to their local utilities who will mark all underground utility lines for free.

How does it work?

One easy phone call to 811 starts the process to get your underground utility lines marked for free. When you call 811 from anywhere in the country, your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Your local One Call Center operators will ask you for the location of your digging job and route your call to affected utility companies. Your utility companies will then send a professional locator to your location to mark your lines within a few days. Once your underground lines have been marked, you will know the approximate location of your utility lines and can dig safely, because knowing what’s below protects you and your family. 

When do you need to call?

You need to call for underground locates before planning a home improvement job, planting a tree, installing a fence or deck or any other project that involves digging.

Cell phoneSmart digging means calling 811 before each job. Whether you are a homeowner or a professional excavator, one call to 811 gets your underground utility lines marked for FREE.

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