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What happens when you dial 811?

What happens when you dial 811? - The Beacon


By: Mary Beth

What happens when you dial 811?

First there was 911, next there was 411, then 211 and now we introduce 811. I don’t know why these numbers all end with 11 and I highly recommend that you don’t mix up the function of these numbers, but they are all extremely useful in their own little ways. 811 enables people to locate utility lines on their property. From the official website:

One easy phone call to 811 starts the process to get your underground utility lines marked for free. When you call 811 from anywhere in the country, your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Local One Call Center operators will ask you for the location of your digging job and route your call to affected utility companies. Your utility companies will then send a professional locator to your location to mark your lines within a few days. Once your underground lines have been marked, you will know the approximate location of your utility lines and can dig safely, because knowing what’s below protects you and your family.

Always call 811 before starting any digging project!

This could save you a lot of time and money.

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