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August 11 (8/11) – A Good Reminder to Call Before You Dig
AUG. 11 (8/11) SERVES AS CONVENIENT REMINDER FOR CLALLAM PUD RESIDENTS TO ALWAYS CALL 811 BEFORE DIGGING
Clallam PUD encourages people to make a free call 2 days before digging to know what’s below
It’s August 11th, and Clallam PUD hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line in the US is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.
Safety is a priority at the PUD, with it being at the center of the Mission Statement: “Providing reliable, efficient, safe, and low cost utility services in a financially and environmentally responsible manner.” Call Before You Dig is one way to improve safety.
“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Larry Morris, PUD Safety Manager, “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.