We got a call on a Sunday afternoon from a farmer. He had been plowing his field, land that had been in his family for generations. He said he hit something. He thought it might be a fiber line.
This was the beginning of an ordeal. Fiber lines can be costly to repair and can put hundreds of customers and even emergency services out of service. Damages to any underground line can be avoided by contacting South Dakota 811 for a free utility line locate. Sometimes, the utility company expects the person who hits the line to pay for the repair.
Don’t let this be you! It is so easy to avoid.
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.
Even when you’re in a hurry. Even when you know there is not an underground utility line on your property. Avoid the risk. Always contact South Dakota 811 before you dig.
Until next week, safe digging!