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Can you dig it? Better call Nebraska 811 first

April 11, 2016 | Laura King-Homan | safety, tips
Nebraska 811

That new deck isn’t going to build itself. As you stand with the tip of the spade hovering over the lawn, stop. There’s one important step you need to take first – call Nebraska 811.

It’s a step that will not only save you time and money, it’s the law.

Nebraska 811 is a statewide, one-call notification center that links people who plan to excavate or dig with the owners of any underground facilities located on their property. Part of contacting the center is identifying the area where you plan to dig. Once that area is identified, utilities with underground facilities in that area will be contacted. The utilities then have until your requested start date and time to mark their facilities.

In 2015, John Buckley, director of Work Management, and member of the Nebraska 811 Board of Directors, said OPPD responded to 143,963 requests to mark underground facilities. The peak time for calls is March through October, when the district can receive around 800 calls per day.

However, not all outdoor projects necessitate a call to Nebraska 811. Buckley said that tilling up a garden may not require a call, but that planting a tree, installing a fence or adding underground sprinklers would qualify.

Nebraska 811 now has a mobile app available that utilizes GPS to map your location and assist you in identifying the excavation site – all from your smartphone or tablet.

Check out the following graphic for tips and instructions about calling Nebraska 811 prior to digging. You’ll be glad you did. In Iowa, you can also call 811 or visit Iowa One Call.

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About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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