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Call Before You Dig - It's the Law!

You have decided to put in a new fence. Or, maybe you think your yard could use some sprucing up by planting a few new trees. Whatever the reason, you plan to dig on your property. But before you break ground, put down the shovel, and call 811 first.

Every digging project requires a call to 811 at least two business days before digging. This allows utility companies time to come out and mark the approximate location of your underground utility lines. This reduces your risk of striking a line, which can lead to serious injury, disrupted service, and potential fines and repair costs.

Here's how it works: 811 can be called from anywhere in the state of Washington. A representative from the one call center will answer the call and ask you questions about the location and description of your digging project. Then, 811 notifies your utility companies of your intent to dig. The utilities will come to your dig site and mark the approximate location of the underground lines. Once all of the lines have been marked, you are free to dig carefully around the marks. Keep in mind, every digging project requires a call to 811. This includes installing a mailbox, putting up a fence, planting trees or building a deck.

Remember calling 811 is the law. If you don't call you can receive a fine. In addition to the fine, if you don't call and damage a utility, you could be liable for up to triple the repair costs. Most importantly, digging without a locate puts you and others at risk of injury and disruption of your utility services. To learn more about 811 visit

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