Do you ever consider how many moving parts it takes to make an automobile engine work?

My father, brother and I disassembled two junked old Chevrolet Corvair engines and built one good one out of the parts years and years ago.  (Never heard of the air cooled Corvair?  Go here.)

Doing a job like that requires you to concentrate.  A lot.

That got me thinking about the 811 system.  Contractors, excavators and others who regularly use the system may not put a lot of concentration into how easily it works.  One locate request, made for free, provides underground utility locators who come out and mark the utilities buried in the immediate vicinity of your dig – also for free.  It works so well because of our members.  They range from the big down to the small, but they all have one common goal.

Protecting our South Dakota underground infrastructure.

Getting back to those Corvair engines, we had to clean and examine every single part before re-using it. It was very time consuming and at times maddening.

That’s kind of the way it was before the one-call system came into being.  An excavator had to call, individually, every utility he could think of that might be where he was planning to dig.   The effort took a lot of time, cost a lot of frustration, and may not have been all together accurate.

Now, one call truly does it all.   Calling South Dakota 811 before you dig brings into play a small army of underground utility locators, resulting in the multi-colored marker flags and spray paint lines we’re so familiar with today.

Making the call to 811 also reduces your chances of an incident to less than one percent.  You won’t get better odds than that anywhere in the world!

At South Dakota 811, we’re open for your locate requests 24/7/365.  You can always speak with a live agent, or if you prefer, enter your requests on line.

Make the call to 811. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s free, and it’s the law.

And it’s much easier than building your own car engine from a pair of junkers!

Until next week, safe digging!

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