Spring Meetings Start Next Week

It may not look like Spring when you gaze out a window, but South Dakota 811 Spring Meetings begin next week.

These meetings are the time each year when utility operators and South Dakota 811 provide you the information you need to dig safely for the entire year.  The one-hour meetings are open to all who are involved in ticket  notifications, locating underground facilities and excavating near buried facilities.

If you haven’t made plans to attend one of these meetings, please do so. And please share this schedule with others who may not have received it directly.  Everything you need to know about the meetings can be found HERE.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging.

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Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early Spring

After dealing with Polar Vortexes and a winter’s worth of snow, most South Dakotans are planning for Spring.   Whether you’re planting crops or a flower garden, repairing a fence or plowing a field, plans for the upcoming season are underway. There’s a very important part to all of these plans that you don’t want to overlook – call South Dakota 811 at least two business days before you plan to put a shovel into the ground.

A quick phone call or simple online form is all it takes to make your request to have your underground utility lines marked.  Once your lines have been marked, you know where you can dig safely.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week and throughout the Spring, safe digging.

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It’s Spring Meeting Time!

It's Spring Meeting Time!

South Dakota 811 announces our schedule of Spring Damage Prevention Meetings.  These meetings are conducted jointly by South Dakota 811 and local utilities.  The informative sessions assist both excavators and utility operators on reducing damage to underground utilities and improving safety for excavators and the public.  Sessions will be approximately one hour in length with an opportunity for questions and answers.

The Damage Prevention meetings are open to all personnel that are involved in ticket notifications, locating facilities and excavation activities near buried facilities.  Please share this announcement with others who may not have received it directly.

For specific locations and times, please click HERE.

Remember, you can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging.

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You Can Count on Us!

You can count on South Dakota 811 having your back 24/7/365.  We’re here to protect excavators, property owners and the general public from the dangers of accidental damage to underground utility lines.  We’re here through rain, sleet and snow.  We’re here on holidays and we don’t take vacations.  Whenever you need underground lines marked before excavating, we’ll be here.

We are a safety net protecting utilities and the communities.

You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Remember, do not dig before the work date and time on the locate ticket, which is 48 hours from the time the locate is requested, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.

Until next week, safe digging.

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Right Around the Corner

Spring Damage Prevention Meetings Schedule

Spring in South Dakota

With the nice weather we’ve been experiencing so far, it seems like Spring in South Dakota!

Maybe not quite, but the high volume of excavation activity is right around the corner.  Be sure to visit our website for the Spring Damage Prevention Meetings Schedule!

For excavation jobs both big and small, one must always have the underground lines marked to avoid injury and prevent costly damage.  South Dakota state law requires that you request a line locate 48 hours prior to digging, but it’s also free!  If you know someone who plans to dig, will you help us spread the word?

We are open for your locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging!

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Winter Excavation

During January, safety concerns turn to avoiding frostbite and the dangers of snowdrifts and icy roads.  But the dangers of damaging underground utility lines are an year round concern.

Granted excavation slows during winter when the ground freezes, but it doesn’t completely stop.  South Dakota averages 2,300 one-call notifications during January.

While your first thoughts may be keeping warm while you’re working outside, don’t forget to contact South Dakota 811 first.  If you think repairs are rough in the summer months, imagine them in January.

South Dakota 811 is open for your locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging.

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A Great Place to Start

A Great Place to Start

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.”

The damage prevention message protects buried infrastructure and keeps our communities safe.  At South Dakota 811, it’s at the very heart of what we do.  And that’s a great place to start.

The start of a new year offers pause for reflection.  What was achieved?

It also bids us to look forward.  What lies ahead?

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.”

In 2019, our desire remains to serve.  But better.  We’ll start there.  What are the unique ways that we can better serve you?

South Dakota 811 is open for your locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can speak with a live agent by dialing 811.  If you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging!

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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings from all of us at South Dakota 811 to all of the professional excavators, homeowners, utility locators and utility-company employees who help us keep South Dakota safe.  And we wish you the very happiest and safest 2019.

Even during the Holidays, South Dakota 811 is open for your locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can always speak with a live agent by dialing 811, or if you prefer, simply enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next year, safe digging!

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There’s a Process for That

South Dakota Codified Law 49-7A provides civil penalties for failure to comply with the statute or with South Dakota Administrative Rules.  The statute and rules are available for review.

The South Dakota One-Call Board encourages parties involved to discuss and resolve as many issues as possible without the penalty process.  When resolutions cannot be reached, the following process is available to either party.

Forms are available to anyone that wishes to file a complaint or respond to a complaint alleging violations of the excavation laws.  There are several methods available.

Complaints and replies may be filed electronically. Choose the appropriate form either online complaint or online reply.  The South Dakota One-Call Board prefers electronic filing.

You may also file a complaint or reply to a complaint by using US mail to: South Dakota One-Call Notification Board, PO Box 157, Rapid City, SD 57709.  Please remember to include details of the incident and copies of locate tickets and other pertinent information to support your claim or provide your defense.

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Farm Tap

A Farm Tap is a natural gas piping connection to an interstate or intrastate transmission pipeline.

A Farm Tap customer is a person who receives natural gas through such a system.

If you own drain tile, irrigation lines, buried power or any other buried services that enter the public right of way, it is a legal requirement to register those facilities with South Dakota 811. This applies to farm tap customers, as well. Your membership gives you a chance to mark and protect your facilities to avoid damage by excavators working in the area. Avoiding a damage means no loss of service and no safety issues. The cost to protect your investment is low.

Click HERE to register your underground facilities with South Dakota 811. For information about the law regarding Farm Taps, click HERE.

Remember to always call South Dakota 811 before you dig. We are open for your locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To speak with a live agent simply dial 811, or if you prefer, you may enter your requests online.  Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal.  Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.

Until next week, safe digging!

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