Good day and reasons to call 811 before digging

O&R Urges All Excavators to Call 811 Before You Dig

An underground utility line is damaged every six minutes in the USA because someone failed to call 811 - the national "Call Before You Dig" phone number - or connect online at www.call811.com before digging, according to Common Ground Alliance, which since 2007 has promoted the 811 number and www.811.com. "On this day and throughout the year we continue to remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line", said Joe Berry, director of Damage Prevention for CenterPoint Energy.

Miss Dig 8-1-1 is a one-call service that alerts utilities to dispatch crews to mark those underground utility lines with flags, or paint, in the area you plan to dig. By calling the nationwide call-before-you-dig number – 8-1-1 – anyone who is digging can help prevent the unintentional strike of underground utility lines.

As part of National 811 Day - commemorated on August 11 - UGI urges homeowners and professional contractors to "know what's below" and to "look up and live" when taking on home improvement projects and new construction. There is no charge for 811 to homeowners or excavators to provide utility line location services.

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Once underground lines have been marked, dig with care - using only hand tools if digging within 48 inches of the marks until the location and depth of the facility is determined. "Calling 811 before you dig is the law".

"If you think about it, there are a lot of buried utilities on the ground". This can result in disruption of service, property damage, injuries and even deaths. "Whether you are a homeowner or a professional contractor, always call 811 before you begin to dig", said Michael Albert, Chairman of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Any project that includes digging or excavation should be preceded by an 811 call. Once lines have been accurately marked, this is when digging can start. Calling that number enables excavators to locate underground equipment that could be in the path of their work, and mark that equipment's location to prevent damage.

For more information, visit atmosenergy.com/811 or call811.com.

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