Just when you thought it was safe to finally go outside….and spring had arrived….and birds were chirping….here’s this item from the Associated Press for Monday, May 1, 2017:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – April showers have given way to May snow. Sioux Falls and other parts of eastern South Dakota are waking up to snow-covered roads and power outages this May Day. Meteorologists say about 5 inches of snow has fallen near Crooks and about 3½ inches at Sioux Falls.

Well, that would certainly put a damper on your plans to dance around the May Pole today!

However, excavation goes on.  South Dakota One Call remains your go-to for getting underground utilities located prior to a dig.   Just keep telling yourself the snow can’t last forever, and try and forget about that whole “Winter is coming” thing from Game of Thrones.

Winter is done.  This is just a little bump in the road.   In a couple of months you’ll be wishing for a day like today.

In the meantime, if staring at the snow is making you crazy, remember these tips about getting lines located from South Dakota One Call.

Use South Dakota 811 to locate underground utilities before you dig. Excavators planning to dig, drill or trench should make the required locate request to South Dakota 811 two working days before the planned work. Homeowners and landowners planning their own excavation activities are required to notify South Dakota 811 as well.

Submit a locate request 24/7 to South Dakota 811 by:

Phone: Make a free call to 811 (in-state) or (800) 781-7474 (outside of South Dakota).

Web Portal: Use the new South Dakota 811 Web portal for faster processing of locate requests. Web Portal users must complete a short training session. Contact Remote Apps to request a demo or ask questions about the Web Portal.

Mobile App: Use the new South Dakota 811 mobile app for convenient and quick connection from wherever you are. Follow these instructions to download the app on your mobile device. This App is now available for use on Android products.

Some underground lines on private property are privately-owned and may not be marked by a utility. Other underground lines, between a meter and the home or business, may be considered privately-owned. In these cases a charge by the utility may apply to locate and mark those lines.

South Dakota 811 provides for communication between excavators and underground facility operators so buried utilities can be marked in advance of any digging. Following the South Dakota 811 procedure works to reduce damages to underground infrastructure, helps to ensure public and worker safety, and protects the integrity of utility services.  http://www.sd811.com


Until next week, safe digging!


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