NORWICH – Norwich Public Utilities is marking Friday, August 11, as 8-1-1 Day in efforts to remind customers to call 8-1-1 prior to excavating near their home or business to have their underground utilities identified and marked.
“The highest priority of NPU is the safety of our customers, community and employees,” NPU General Manager John Bilda said in a press release Wednesday. “It is essential that customers call 8-1-1 before getting started with any work that involves digging. The potential impacts are too severe to ignore and this critical step is a great way to promote public safety.”
According to The Common Ground Alliance, every six minutes in the country an underground utility is damaged as a result of someone digging without calling 8-1-1 to identify the approximate location of underground utility lines, the release said.
Utility lines, all of which are buried underground in many communities, include water, natural gas, electric, wastewater, internet and cable television and landline telephone. NPU said striking a line can result in outages for entire neighborhoods, significant injuries, extensive repair costs and possible fines.
NPU said the depth of underground utility lines can vary and even digging just a few inches into the ground can pose a risk of striking a line.
NPU is reminding the public that making a request to identify utility lines before excavating is required by law and could be a matter of life and death.
Residents looking to dig near their property are asked to follow the following steps at all times:
– Notify your local one call center by calling 8-1-1 or making an online request 2-3 days…
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