Dial 811 Before You Dig

Underground utilities, like electric lines but also include natural gas or water, can turn a simple project into a disaster if you don't plan ahead. 

Before any project that will include digging, call 811 and underground utility lines will be located and marked so you'll know what's below on your property and there is no locating charge to you.

Never assume the location or depth of underground utility lines. There’s no need: the 811 service is free, prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted and can help you avoid serious injury. For more information about local services.



Many home-improvement projects require calling 811, such as:

  • Excavating for a driveway

  • Installing a sprinkler system

  • Digging holes for a fence posts or a mailbox

  • Anchoring supports for decks and swings

  • Installing a retainer wall

  • Contouring and landscaping

  • Planting trees

  • Removing tree roots

  • Driving landscaping stakes

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