August 11 has been tagged as 811 Day, as a reminder to call 811 prior to have underground utility lines marked to any digging project. Every six minutes in the United States an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
In our area, homeowners and contractors are connected to VA811, the local contact center, which notifies the appropriate underground utilities of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of the underground utility lines with paint, flags, or both. This free service is essential for protecting Virginia’s underground infrastructure.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines, and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree, and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.
Call VA811 or enter a ticket using the Single Address Ticket system at sat.va811.com at least three business days before starting.