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Locate Buried Electric, Water, or Wastewater Lines

Dial 811 from anywhere in Texas a few days prior to digging and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Tell the customer service representative where you're planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing. Your local utility companies will be notified about your intent to dig and will send a locator to mark the approximate location of their underground pipes and cables in your work area, free of charge. This way, you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely.

Texas 811

Follow these 5 steps to stay safe:

1. Call before you dig.
Dial 811. Operators are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will be told which utilities will be notified and be provided a confirmation number as proof of your call. Also, if you outline the excavation area in white paint beforehand, it will help the utility locators find the dig site. Note: Some water and sewer utility operators are not included in the one-call notification system. You may need to call them separately, in addition to 811.

2. Wait 2 business days.
Texas law requires that you wait 48 hours before digging so the utility companies will have time to mark their underground lines.

3. Respect the marks.
Utility companies will mark the approximate location of their underground facilities near your work area with paint, flags, or stakes in the designated color code for marking underground utilities.

WHITE

Proposed excavation

PINK

Temporary survey markings

RED

Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables

YELLOW

Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials

ORANGE

Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit

BLUE

Potable water

PURPLE

Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines

GREEN

Sewers and drain lines

4. Dig carefully.
Once the work begins, it’s up to you to use safe, accepted digging practices. (For instance, always hand-dig when you’re within two feet of any marked lines.) Make sure the marks remain visible during the project. If they are washed away or destroyed, Dial 811 for a free re-mark. Remember, always Dial 811 before you start any digging project! You'll avoid injury, expense, embarrassment - and a very inconvenient day in the dark.

5. If you damage a utility line, call Texas 811 immediately!
If you know that it is a COLLEGE STATION UTILITIES line, call UTILITY DISPATCH AT 855-528-4278. We answer emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Last updated: 5/6/2013 1:02:16 PM