When most people call us at South Dakota 811, they are probably thinking first of protecting underground gas and oil pipelines, followed by electricity and telecommunications.
And that’s a good thing.
But there’s something else that should also be considered, especially in light of this report on recent weather conditions from the Keloland.com news site.
Lack Of Rain Causing Drought Concerns
The lack of May rainfall is causing concern across north-central KELOLAND.
By the looks of it, Sioux Falls and much of southeastern KELOLAND has been on the receiving end of above normal rainfall for many months. But northern KELOLAND is quickly going the other way, and the latest drought monitor shows the problem area well.
You can read the entire story here: http://www.keloland.com/news/article/weather/lack-of-rain-causing-drought-concerns
And here’s a current map from the United States Drought Monitor at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
What does that mean for 811 and for excavators?
In South Dakota, water and sewer lines must also be located before digging and are required to be registered with 811. Farmers must also register “drain tile” with South Dakota 811. (If you are not familiar with the term, for an explanation of “drain tile” see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tile_drainage)
In a drought, every drop of water counts. You don’t want to be the person who needlessly cuts a water supply line because you didn’t call 811. Go to our website at
http://www.sd811.com for information on how and why you should call 811 before digging.
Don’t waste a precious resource. Call South Dakota 811 before you dig.
Until next time, safe digging!