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Public Service Commision urges residents to call before digging

Public Service Commision urges residents to call before digging Public Service Commision urges residents to call before digging
Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2017, 14:07

The State Corporation Commission reminds Virginians that calling 811 is simple and free and connects you to VA811 (formally known as Miss Utility of Virginia), which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig or demolish.

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.

Any project that includes digging or excavation should be preceded by an 811 call. Customers and contractors should call 811 before clearing blocked sewer lines to determine if any utility lines are nearby as well. "Striking a single utility service line can cause personal injury, property damage and outages that inconvenience communities". Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone made a decision to dig without first dialing 8-1-1. The Town of Clayton wants you to know that calling 811 to get buried utility lines marked is the first step to staying safe during your digging projects. "Calling 811 before you dig is the law".

That easy-to-remember, toll-free, one-stop number 811 is the nationwide One-Call Notification System's phone number. "Damage to vital utility services by excavation equipment results in hundreds of interruptions each year and disrupts residents and businesses in our communities".

The Utility Coordinating Committee Damage Prevention Council will be hosting "811 Night with the Redwings" from 6 to 11 tonight at Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way, Rochester.

The commission routinely monitors the utilities' gas emergency plans to make sure that they are up to date, to identify improvement areas, and to ensure that the plans are in compliance with the commission's gas safety requirements, they said in their release. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and even small projects like planting trees or shrubs are all examples of digging projects that require a call to 811 before starting. Once lines have been accurately marked, this is when digging can start.

Respect and protect the marks.

For more information about West Virginia 811, visit www.wv811.com or www.psc.state.wv.us and click on the West Virginia 811 link.