SUMMER’S HERE, DON’T GO DRY

Summer is rolling on through South Dakota.

An Associated Press report says that just about all of the state’s corn and soybean crop is seeded in the ground, and just about all of the spring wheat crop is up.

You can read the entire article here.

Mix in some nice rains, some generous sunshine, and we should see a pretty good crop this year.

But what if there isn’t that much rain?  Crops will depend on water that’s piped in underground.  And that means this is as good a time as any to send out a few reminders from South Dakota 811.

First, any person owning or operating underground facilities, including propane, water, communications, electrical, drain tile, a farm tap distribution system, or any other buried facility which serves third parties or which crosses a property line or is located in a public highway shall register with the one call notification system as an operator pursuant to chapter 49-7A-1 (See Paragraphs (8), (9), and (10).)

Click HERE to register your farm tap with the South Dakota One Call Center.

Do you own drain tile, irrigation lines, buried power or any other buried services that enter the public right of way? Did you know that it is a legal requirement to register those buried facilities with South Dakota One Call? Are you aware of how low the cost is to protect your investment?

Registration is easy. Simply email MemberServices@sd811.com to begin the discussion about becoming a member of South Dakota One Call. Once you are a member you will be notified each time someone calls the South Dakota 811 Center about working near your buried lines. This will give you a chance to mark and protect those facilities to avoid damage by excavators working in the area. There is a one-time $35 sign-up fee, no matter how many lines you have or how much property you own. You will be charged only about $1 each time you’re notified by email that someone plans to dig near your property.

Finally, some underground lines on your property may not be owned by the utility and may not be located by them, such as lines that run from the meter to the house or lines between buildings.  These types of services can include water, electrical, communications, gas, etc..  These are considered “privately owned” facilities, in which case the utility has no record of the buried lines, and consequently they are not registered with the South Dakota 811 Center.  In these cases the utility may agree to locate them at your request for a fee, or you may have to hire an electrician, plumber or other independent locating company to mark those lines.

Let’s have a bountiful fall harvest, South Dakota!   And remember, South Dakota 811 is here to help you, 24/7/365.

Until next week, safe digging!

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