How do you dial before you dig?

To contact ‘Dial Before You Dig’ call 1100 to make an enquiry about electricity cable or water pipe locations or visit the ‘Dial Before You Dig’ website. ‘Dial Before You Dig’ aim to get back to you within two business days with an answer to your enquiry.

Lodging a Dial Before You Dig enquiry is FREE. However in some instances, infrastructure asset owners may charge for the supply of infrastructure information – although this is normally only for large development related enquiries or planning/design enquiries where no excavation is taking place.

Similarly, what services does Dial Before You Dig provide? Dial Before You Dig aims to educate and promote the importance of safe digging practices by providing all persons working in and around buried infrastructure with the best possible access to plans and information directly from asset owners of utility services.

Also, is it against the law to dig without calling 811?

The law, in all states, generally provides that anyone excavating must call the 811 utility-locate hotline before digging begins to have all utilities located and marked. But as of January 1, the law has changed.

How do you get to know before you dig?

Lodging an enquiry is a simple process, which can be done in three ways:

  1. Online via the Dial Before You Dig website;
  2. Mobile website or iPhone app;
  3. By phone call 1100 (toll free and is available during business hours) .

How deep can you dig safely?

There is no allotted depth before a person needs to call 811. Whether you are just planting small shrubs or installing fences, CGA says any time you are putting a shovel in the ground you need to call due to the fact that many utilities are buried just a few inches below the surface.

How far down can I dig on my property?

In rural areas, that buffer is 360 feet; in urban and suburban areas, it’s 500 feet. Property rights belowground still extend “all the way to hell”; you can dig as far as you want under your own land, but if your city wants to build a subway beneath it, it needs to purchase an easement from you.

Who is responsible for Dial Before You Dig?

Owners of underground infrastructure, which include telecommunications carriers, are members of Dial Before You Dig.

How deep are residential power lines buried?

The minimum depth requirement of a direct burial cable is 24 inches, except when installed under a concrete slab with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. In this case, the cable can be installed at only 18 inches deep.

How much does a locator cost?

Ridgid Underground Utility Locator List Price: $2,621.90 You Save: $326.49 (12%)

Can I dig in my backyard?

When digging or excavating in your yard, a potential hazard may exist because your utilities may have underground equipment installed relatively close to the surface. Since an unknown hazard may exist, you should obtain permission prior to digging or excavating in your yard.

What happens if you dig up a gas line?

Digging without locates can be dangerous and costly – Failure to call for locates could result in damages to our underground systems (electric and natural gas), fines to the property owner, and could cause bodily harm or death. Depth can be deceptive – The depth of utility lines will NEVER be indicated.

What is the fine for not calling 811?

In Texas, not calling 811 before digging or incorrectly marking a pipeline location can result in fines of up to $200,000 per day per violation.

What is the fine for hitting a gas line?

“The Attorney General has the power to investigate and enforce the penalty proceedings under Chapter 480 and that could amount — in a gas line situation — in fines up to a half-a-million dollars. That’s $10,000 dollars per day, per violation all the way up to half-a-million dollars,” Booth explains.

What happens if you don’t call before you dig?

You could cause serious damage to not only your underground utility lines, but also those of the neighborhood you live in. If you cut into any line, with or without a call to 811, you need to report the damage immediately to the Railroad Commission of Texas.

What is the fine for digging without locates?

The purpose of this requirement is to reduce the incidence of excavation damage to gas and hazardous-liquid pipelines and other underground facilities. Penalties for violation of state damage-prevention laws range from $500 to $50,000, depending on the state.

Does 811 find private property?

In most (if not all) states, calling 811 before you dig is the law. Miss Utility (811) does not itself locate utilities. Private utility lines are buried utilities that are located on common or private property between the meter and a home or a commercial building.

Does 811 find water lines?

811 is the phone number you call before digging to protect yourself and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines. There are millions of miles of buried utilities beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living like water, electricity and natural gas.