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Call 811 Before You Dig | UGI Utilities, Pennsylvania

Call 811 Before You Dig

Know What’s Below: It's the Law

Call 8-1-1 three days in advance of any digging project – it’s the law. Whether performing major excavation or minor landscaping, safeguard yourself from hazards related to damaging underground pipelines. It’s simple. A FREE call gets all of your public utility lines marked to help protect you from injury and costly property damage. If you plan to dig, call 8-1-1.

Who should call PA One Call? When should I call?

  • Professional excavators and do-it-yourself homeowners should call PA One Call, 8-1-1, anytime they are planning a digging or excavation project. 
  • If a homeowner is doing the actual work, then it is the responsibility of the homeowner to contact PA One Call. However, if a homeowner has hired a contractor to do the work then the contractor is required to contact PA One Call. 
  • PA One Call should be called no matter if the project is as simple as planting shrubs and trees or installing a new mailbox post. 
  • Pennsylvania law requires anyone planning to do any digging or excavation to contact PA One Call at least three days in advance.

Why Call 8-1-1?

  • Underground power lines, communication cables, gas lines, water lines or other utilities may lie at various depths below the surface of your property or area of planned excavation. 
  • It is important to be safe before starting any digging or excavating by calling PA One Call and allowing time for utility companies to visit the area to mark the location of their underground facilities.

Respect the Marks

  • It is important to respect the marks indicating the presence of underground utilities. 
  • Excavation should be carefully performed only after confirming that all utilities have marked the location of their facilities. 
  • Remember that the locating of underground utility lines or facilities is not an exact science and location marks have varying degrees of required accuracy. These can range from 18 to 24 inches from the actual line or facility.
  • It is recommended that homeowners use hand tools to dig around the utility link marks.
  • Each color has a specific meaning: White is proposed excavation; Pink is temporary survey markings; Red is electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables; Yellow is gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials; Orange is communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit and traffic loops; Blue is potable water; Purple is reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines; Green is sewer and drain lines.

Plumbers: Important Safety Message

  • A blocked sewer line may be the result of another utility line (i.e. gas, electric, telecommunications, water) that has been bored through the sewer line. Please follow precautionary measures that we have outlined to help prevent accidents.
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