On 8-11 remember to call 811 before you dig
Request utility locates at least two business days before digging starts
OLYMPIA, Wash. – With Aug. 11 approaching, the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) marks the date, 8-11, as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 for a free utility locate prior to any digging project.
Anyone planning to dig – installing a fence or mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree, or undertaking any other project below the surface – must call 811 at least two business days before the planned project start date.
A call to 811 connects you to the Washington state one-call center. The center then notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with spray paint.
The risk of striking an underground utility line exists anytime you dig. Striking a utility line can cause injuries, damages, fines and outages. The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous landscaping and uneven surfaces.
If you have called 811 and your utility locate is late, incomplete or inaccurate, please call the UTC Consumer Help Line at 1-888-333-WUTC (9882) or email email@example.com
Established by the Legislature in 1955, the UTC’s Pipeline Safety Program regulates the safety practices of 28 pipeline companies and conducts safety inspections on more than 24,000 miles of natural gas and hazardous-liquid pipelines in Washington. The UTC also regulates the private, investor-owned natural gas utilities in Washington.