Call 811 before you dig! Don't experience the unpleasant surprise of digging into an electrical line or water pipe. Always call 811 at least three days before you plan to dig. A representative of each utility will mark lines so that you can dig safely.
It's the Law
The Georgia Utility Facility Protection Act requires anyone with plans to dig to submit a request by calling 811 at least 48 hours in advance. The 48 hours begins on the next business day after the request, excluding hours during non-business days.
Before calling, have the following information in hand:
- street address
- extent of work
- caller's name
- contact person's name,
address and phone numbers
After calling, wait for the site to be marked before digging. Marking could be in the form of paint, flags or stakes. Note the color of markings used and what type of facilities they indicate.
Always hand dig within two feet on either side of marked lines. If damage or disturbance of an underground utility line occurs, immediately notify the affected company.