AUGUST 11 (8/11) SERVES AS REMINDER FOR RESIDENTS TO ALWAYS CALL 811 BEFORE DIGGING

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Aug. 8, 2017) – With Aug. 11 almost here, Colonial Pipeline Co. hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines such as pipelines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line 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 pipeline can cause injury, environmental impacts, 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.

“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 pipeline,” said Dona Harrington-Burns, public awareness manager for Colonial Pipeline. “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.

Visit www.call811.com or www.colpipe.com for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.  

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