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Posted on: August 11, 2020

On 8/11: Always call 811 prior to digging projects this summer

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As Georgia continues the process of getting “back to business,” it is important that homeowners and contractors contact Georgia 811 by calling 811 or placing an online request before starting projects that require digging to keep communities safe.

As Georgia begins to lift restrictions put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and starts to get “back to business,” the City of Lawrenceville reminds homeowners and contractors to always call 811 prior to starting any projects that require digging to keep communities safe. Using Georgia 811’s free-of-charge essential public safety service by calling 811 or placing an online request before digging will help residents avoid accidentally damaging buried utility lines.

Summer is typically a busy time for digging activity due to the warmer weather. Homeowners and professionals alike should remember to make safety a priority by calling 811 prior to starting work that requires digging. For homeowners, some common DIY projects that warrant calling 811 beforehand include installing a mailbox or planting a tree or shrub. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs if gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged.

“As the restrictions that were put in place to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 start to be lifted, homeowners and professionals may start resuming digging projects they had previously put on hold,” said Lisa McKnight, Damage Prevention Director. “We want to remind everyone to put safety at the top of their to-do list as they dig into summer, which means always calling 811 prior to starting work that requires digging. Doing so prevents damage to critical infrastructure and serious injuries.”

The City of Lawrenceville encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this summer:

  • Always call 811 a few days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property.
  • Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
  • Confirm that all lines have been marked. 
  • Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
  • Visit https://www.georgia811.com/ for complete info.

Everyone who calls 811 a few days before digging is connected to a local one call notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.

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