Can You Dig It?

It’s early Saturday morning, and, in spite of the building heat and humidity, you’re ready to tackle The Honey-Do Project. And it is a “honey”, involving hours of hard work, sweat, and sore muscles. You might be building a new patio, installing a mailbox, or putting in a fence. Have you called 811 Missouri Dig Rite and requested that they locate and mark underground utilities? If you haven’t, your project could go from ordeal to disaster. One of the most common causes of damage to utilities, property  – and people – is working without a locate request.

Even if you have called Dig Rite, you’re not home free. There are certain guidelines you should follow.

1. Don’t work outside the area described on the locate request.

2. Don’t begin excavation before the start date and time

3. Exercise due care while digging, blind boring or directional drilling in the “approximate location” of underground facilities.

4. Do not begin work before all utilities at the site have marked or responded.

5. Don’t assume the depth of a facility.

6. Do not assume that the “approximate location” marks are exactly accurate and mechanically dig right up to the marks.

Hint: Call during off-peak hours. Missouri One Call operators are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On weekdays, they are busiest between 8:30am and noon; 2:00pm and 4:00pm. You can get better service by avoiding these times.

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