The safest and only legal way to dig is to know what’s below ground before your shovel or equipment moves any dirt. Even small projects like planting a shrub require you to make advance arrangements before digging. Your advance call to 8-1-1 helps you learn where utility-owned lines and equipment are buried before you turn the earth.
Your call to 8-1-1 connects you with your state’s “one-call center,” which arranges, at no cost to you, for utilities like us to locate and mark our buried utilities in your dig area. We will send a professional to locate our natural gas and electric lines. Please note that utilities are not able to locate lines that a customer installed and owns, such as a natural gas or electric line that provides fuel or power to an outdoor grill, lighting, etc.
After you make the call to 8-1-1:
To reach your state's underground utility service/one-call center or to request location markings, call 8-1-1 or visit their website (external links listed below). The required "business day" (excludes weekends and holidays) wait time for each state is as follows:
Colorado: 3 days
Michigan: 3 days
Minnesota: 2 days
New Mexico: 2 days
North Dakota: 2 days
South Dakota: 2 days
Texas: 2 days
Wisconsin: 3 days
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