Iowa Utilities Board Supports Call 811 and Safe Digging Month
Iowa Utilities Board reminds communities to always Call 811 prior to digging projects
April is National Safe Digging Month
(Des Moines) – Each spring Iowa households and contractors plan digging projects from planting trees to excavating a foundation. In support of April as National Safe Digging Month, the Iowa Utilities Board is partnering with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Common Ground Iowa and Iowa One Call, in reminding communities to be safe and always Call 811 in advance of digging. Calling this toll-free number can save lives, protect underground utility facilities, and help prevent injuries, costly repairs and fines.
To avoid a potential accident caused by excavation, residents and professional excavators must have the location of all utility lines marked before digging by hand or with equipment. Iowa law, Iowa Code chapter 480, Underground Facilities Information, requires a person must contact Iowa One Call at 811 or 1-800-292-8989 a minimum of two days before excavation begins. The following will occur once Iowa One Call is contacted:
- Operators with underground facilities in the area where the excavation is planned are notified. This includes natural gas and power utilities, communications companies, and cities and towns.
- Within 48 hours after being contacted, utilities either mark their underground facilities with color-coded paint marks or flags, or tell the excavator they have no lines in the area.
If a contractor is performing the excavation work, a person should make sure that the contractor calls Iowa One Call two days prior to the commencement of excavating.
Iowa’s One Call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Common Ground Iowa is a regional partner of the national Common Ground Alliance, an association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection and integrity of utility services by promoting effective damage protection practices.
The Iowa Utilities Board regulates utilities to ensure that reasonably priced, reliable, environmentally responsible, and safe utility services are available to all Iowans.
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