Safety First: Call in before digging in

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like springtime! And that means it’s time to work outdoors and tackle many “do it yourself” DIY projects around the house and neighborhood. Are you planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Hiring a contractor? Wait! Here’s what you need to know first!

Water main breaks and other service disruptions are frequently caused by contractors who made haste to do a job and neglected to call 8-1-1 to locate underground cable, fiber optic, gas, electric, water or sewer lines before digging.  Don’t be THAT person!safedig

811 is a smart and easy way to avoid water main break, an electrical outage or sometimes worse; a gas accident. You can dial 8-1-1 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to breaking ground, and your call will be routed to your local “One-Call”  Center. An operator will walk you through the process and then send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables. It is as easy as it sounds and it can keep you and your neighbors safe!

We do our part by calling 811 in order to prevent damage to underground utility infrastructure and to ensure public safety and environmental protection when we work. We’re making many upgrades to our infrastructure throughout the country.  We are well on our way to investing $1 billion in infrastructure over the next 5 years and we are becoming a frequent caller.  We are committed to “Doing it Right,” working safely and preventing risks.

For more information on your local One Call Center, or to make an online request for utilities to be marked (where available), click here.

United Water is a proud partner of this initiative and we sure want everybody to remember:  Call in before digging in!

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