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    Planning to build a deck or patio, excavate an area for a new garden or plant shrubs this spring? If so, you’re not alone. Roughly half of U.S. homeowners are expected to begin working on some type of outdoor project requiring digging. Before breaking ground, homeowners must call 811 to have underground utility lines marked on their property. Colorado law states that all who wish to dig must first give utilities up to three business days (not including weekends and holidays) to locate facilities which may be impacted by excavation, such as:


    ·       water and sewer lines

    ·       gas lines

    ·       electric lines

    ·       communications and cable lines


    Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not to have their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call, even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there can be multiple utility lines in a common area.


    Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job ensures that underground utility lines get marked for FREE and helps prevent undesired consequences.


    How It Works


    When you dial 811, your call is forwarded to Colorado 811 for processing. Colorado 811 operators record the location of the dig and then notify the affected utility companies of your digging plans. Your utility companies then dispatch a professional locating crew to mark the approximate location of your lines.


    Once your lines are marked, you will know their approximate location, thus you can dig safely. Knowing what’s below will protect you, your family and your neighbors. So please remember, Call 811 Before You Dig!


    For questions regarding utility locates or for help with a message received from a utility locater, contact Scott Hand at 303-979-2333.