Safe Digging/Call 811

Keep safety in mind when working outside. Call 811 before you dig – it's the law! 

What you need to know: 

  • Always call 811 before you start any digging project, from planting flowers to installing a deck.
  • 811 works with local utilities to send a professional locator to mark your public utility lines within three business days at no cost to you.
  • 811 is for BOTH professional excavators AND homeowners.
  • Marking your utility lines helps prevent harmful accidents and avoids unnecessary expense.
  • New Jersey law requires a markout for every digging project – even small do-it-yourself projects like planting flowers, trees and shrubs.
  • You are responsible for marking out private lines, like a sprinkler system or electric fence.
  • To avoid damage, hand dig carefully around the marks.

Why is it important to call 811 before you dig? 

  • Knowing the approximate location of your underground utility lines helps protect you from injury and from damaging an underground utility line.
  • The depth of underground utility lines can vary and there may be multiple utility lines in the same area.
  • Damage to underground utility lines can disrupt service to the entire neighborhood, cause injuries and even harm the environment.

To learn more about safe digging and 811, visit the 811 website. 

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