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Call 8-1-1 before you dig

By Staff | Apr 27, 2018

We are all eager to now get into the garden, into the flower beds, and trim those trees that took over last fall and now may have damage from the winter snow, wind and ice.

North Dakota One Call is 811. It’s the number North Dakotans need to call before they dig. It means the difference between safety whether it’s your property, it’s a contractor you have doing work in your yard or on your farm. This can prevent severe injury or death, and it could prevent you from finishing your work on time.

It’s reported that there are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States now. If you are installing even a mailbox with a new post hole, it is the law that you call and have your utilities and waterlines marked. Remember to call ahead of time, not when the shovel is in your hand and you think it’s probably safe to dig there. The call is free, and it may save your life, the convenience of your community losing utilities and delayed utilities, and preventing emergency responders from getting to areas they are needed in.

Now more than ever in North Dakota utilities are being newly upgraded and you may not realize the area has been changed. Fiber optic cables and underground electric lines that serve our communities and farms are at risk. Spring’s work involving tiling, livestock water lines and fencing requires calling 811 ahead of time. Remember that soil erosion, can change the depth of lines that are buried. Repairs can be costly, as well as getting fines for not calling 811.

Homeowners actually need to do a ‘Locate Request’ which basically is call 811 and have them do the request for you; or log on to www.ndonecall.com. This request which you are required to do will notify all utilities in your area, and then the utility company will create the ticket with your information on it, and they will notify the locators, who will come out and mark your property within 48 hours. There is no charge for this service, but there are fines if you do not do this request. It is North Dakota state law according to 811 service providers.

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