Home Safety

5 Things to Know Before You Start Digging

  1. Call 811 or visit call811.com at least two to three business days before you start any digging project around your home or property.
  2. If you don’t call 811 before digging and accidently hit an underground utility line, you could incur fines and be responsible for repair costs.
  3. You’ll be asked to provide a few important details about your project, such as when and where you plan to dig.
  4. The 811 Center will take it from there. They will contact your local electric cooperative, as well as other utility companies and pipeline operators near your worksite, so you don’t have to call every company individually.
  5. Within two to three business days, professional locators will mark underground utility lines so you can work safely.

APWA Uniform Color Code

Underground utilities are marked using these universal color codes.

WhiteProposed excavation
PinkTemporary survey markings
RedElectric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables
YellowGas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials
OrangeCommunication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit
BluePotable water
PurpleReclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines
GreenSewers and drain lines