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Before You Dig: 811 and Miss Utility of Delmarva

Know what's Below; Call before you dig.
811 is a federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" phone number designated by the FCC to eliminate the confusion of multiple "Call Before You Dig" numbers.

One easy phone call to 811 quickly begins the process of getting underground utility lines marked. Local One Call Center personnel will then notify affected utility companies, who will send crews to mark underground lines for free.

There are multiple "Call Before You Dig" numbers established by the 62 existing One Call Centers such as "Miss Utility" in Maryland and Delaware. The national 811 number will eliminate the confusion of multiple numbers while continuing free and easy local service.

Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before each digging project begins helps to prevent injury, expense and penalties. The depth of utility lines may vary and multiple utility lines may exist in one area. Simple digging jobs can damage utility lines and can disrupt vital services to an entire neighborhood, harm those who dig and result in expensive fines and repair costs. Marked lines show those who dig the approximate location of underground lines and help prevent undesired consequences.

Those who dig are aware of "Call Before You Dig" services, but often make risky assumptions about where utility lines are buried or when they should call. 811 will let diggers know what's below when they call before they dig.

Digging activity damages a buried utility line every three minutes in the United States, and one-third of incidents are caused because a free call wasn't made to

Miss Utility

Miss Utility is a service organization that assists in locating underground cables prior to excavation work.

If you are planning any digging or excavation, please be sure to call MISS UTILITY toll free at at 1-800-441-8355.

Remember to call 1-800-441-8355 48 to 72 hours before you begin work. A call may be the difference between safe completion of your project and a tragedy. It may also save you the cost of repairing a damaged underground cable. Even if your electric service runs overhead, call Miss Utility: the same regulations apply to other utility services.

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