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Governor Scott Walker has declared April as Diggers Hotline Month in Wisconsin to help remind residents to always contact Diggers Hotline 3 working days before any digging project. The Governor’s proclamation coincides with the beginning of the sixth annual National Safe Digging Month.
When contacting Diggers Hotline, either by calling 811 or online at www.DiggersHotline.com, homeowners and contractors can begin a free process that helps show the location of dangerous or costly underground utility lines.
Nationwide, every eight minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants notifying Diggers Hotline first. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin 3 working days after a call to 811.
“As Spring begins to take hold, we want to remind Wisconsin residents of the importance of Diggers Hotline. We offer a free service that we encourage everyone to use before they begin any digging projects,” said Chad Krueger of Diggers Hotline. “By calling 811 or using our online program to have underground utility lines in the area marked, you are making an important decision that can help keep you and your communities safe and connected.”
Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
Visit www.DiggersHotline.com for more information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.