Many people still don’t consider it dangerous to dig in their yard without having buried lines located. But hitting a gas or electric line, even with a shovel, can be seriously bad news. Damaging or striking a single utility line can create a dangerous situation, resulting in injury, loss of services, significant repair costs, fines or even death. Excavators or contractors who do not call 811 before digging and hit an underground line could be held liable for any associated damages.
Since 2018, Xcel Energy with Colorado 811 in Colorado, and both CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy in Minnesota have come together in partnership to pool resources and encourage everyone to contact 811 to have underground utility lines marked before starting any digging projects.
Calling 811 ahead of digging to locate buried lines should be everybody’s habit and together we continue our efforts for universal awareness and compliance with 811 line marking practices.