• Call Before You Dig

    Call Before You Dig

    Call the national 811 Call Before You Dig number or visit one of the websites listed below two working days before you dig or excavate for the location of underground gas and electric lines.

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    Downed Power Lines

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    Prepare for an Outage

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Call Before You Dig- 811

You might be surprised how much is going on underground. Gas, electric and other utility lines are just about everywhere. So for your own protection, state law requires you to call at least two working days before you start digging – whether you’re roto-tilling in your backyard or undertaking some serious excavation work.

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You have a legal and financial responsibility for damage to utility lines so let’s work together and keep things safe.

What You Need to Know

To assist locaters, you should mark the dig area with white paint or stakes.

If you are a homeowner hiring an excavator, the excavator is required to request the locates.

Don’t move or alter the marks until the facilities are exposed.

Once locates have been marked, the length of time they are good for varies by state. 811 will provide detailed information for your state.

When digging within two feet of the marked area, only use small hand tools such as a garden trowel to carefully expose the utility line. Keep in mind that utility installation is not the same for all utilities and requirements have changed through the years. Not all utilities are installed with protective casings and can be vulnerable to damage by tools as simple as a shovel. Always proceed with caution when digging around utility lines.

Exposed gas pipelines need to be properly supported and protected from damage so they don’t break or rupture. You can use secure nylon straps, wood shoring, rope or other means that don’t harm the pipes.

You’ll need to use acceptable backfill material and proper compaction to avoid damage to the pipes. Since sharp rocks or gravel can damage the pipes, you should use sand or rock-free dirt.

If you expose electric lines that haven’t been marked, or damage a line, stop excavating and call Inland Power immediately at 1-877-668-8243.

Property owners are responsible for locating any non-utility facilities (such as sprinkler systems). Contact 811 for a list of private locators that will provide this service for a fee.

When to Call

Call the national 811 Call Before You Dig number or visit one of the websites listed below two working days before you dig or excavate for the location of underground gas and electric lines. There will also be other utilities locating their facilities such as telephone, cable, etc.

Whichever method you choose initiates a request for someone to visit your work site — within two working days — to mark the ground above utility lines, including our gas and electric facilities. That way, you won’t inadvertently hit a line while you’re digging.

Resource Websites

Washington - All Counties

800-424-5555

www.callbeforeyoudig.org

Idaho - Benewah County

800-398-3285

www.passwordinc.com

Idaho - Bonner County

800-626-4950

www.passwordinc.com

Idaho - Kootenai County

800-428-4950

www.passwordinc.com