This week is the BIG WEEK for 811.   Friday, August 11 is National 811 Day.   (8/11…get it?)

811 is the number you call for FREE from coast to coast and border to border in the United States to get underground pipelines and cables and such located and marked for FREE to give you the heads up before you begin digging.

The date of 8/11 is promoted by the Common Ground Alliance, a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices.

National 811 Day is a reminder for everyone in the United States to call 811 before digging, from contractors to professional excavators to homeowners.   We all have a stake in protecting our underground infrastructure.  And remember, this is a free service!

“For free?” you ask.   “What’s the catch?”

There is no catch.  It’s a free call, and the subsequent locating service is also free.  A call to 811 is the source for all the little multicolored flags you see stuck in the ground, or spray paint on a sidewalk or street.   Those colors indicate the type of buried infrastructure in the area, and warn excavators, contractors, farmers, ranchers, homeowners – anyone digging – of what is below and to proceed CAREFULLY.

At South Dakota One Call, we’re celebrating 8/11 day by doing the same thing we do every day – keeping our state’s underground infrastructure safe from digging accidents.

Our members put their trust in us, and by doing so they’re putting your trust in them to keep you safe and keep your utilities and services up and running.

811 day may be the most important date of the year for one call notification – but EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY is the most important time of the year for us.

Until next week, safe digging!

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