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UGI Urges Property Owners to “Call Before You Dig”

26 Apr 2005

One call can help avoid personal injury or property damage

Reading, PA (April 26, 2005) – The Pennsylvania General Assembly has declared April 24 through April 30as “Pennsylvania One Call System Week” and UGI Utilities wants to remind property owners to “Call Before You Dig.” Whether you are landscaping or planning a construction project, if you are a homeowner or a contractor – Pennsylvania state law requires you to contact the Pennsylvania One Call System three workings days prior to beginning any landscaping, excavation or construction project.

Use of the Pennsylvania One Call System helps reduce the risk of personal injury, property or facility damage and utility service disruptions during excavations. A single call to 1-800-242-1776 coordinates the marking of all underground utility lines. This line locating and marking service is free.

“The number one cause of natural gas pipeline damage is third parties digging around our buried facilties,” said Peter Terranova, vice president of operations for UGI’s Gas Division. “We strongly encourage homeowners and excavators to take advantage of this free service as a matter of public and personal safety. It’s convenient, simple and it’s the law.”

Follow these simple steps to avoid damaging underground utility lines and pipes:

• Call 1-800-242-1776 before you dig.
• Allow up to three business days for marking of all utility lines.
• Respect the marks and request remarking if they become illegible.
• Excavate carefully. Use hand digging, not mechanized equipment within 18” of utility lines.

More information about the Pennsylvania One Call System can be found at www.pa1call.org.

UGI Utilities, Inc. is headquartered in Reading, PA. The utility serves 300,000 natural gas customers in 14 southeastern Pennsylvania counties. Additional information about UGI is available at www.ugi.com.