Call Before You DigWhether you’re starting a garden in your back yard, getting ready to dig post holes for a new fence, or installing water lines for a new subdivision, don’t do anything before you call 811 or your local One-Call number:
In Arkansas: 1-800-482-8998
In Colorado: 1-800-922-1987
In Nebraska: 1-800-331-5666
In Wyoming: 1-800-849-2476
That simple call will quickly and easily
get your underground utility lines marked.
Local One Call Center personnel will notify a
ffected utility companies who will mark
underground lines for free, allowing you
to dig around them. It’s that easy.
And it’s the law.
Ensure that your digging project goes smoothly and plan ahead by calling 811, the Call Before You Dig hotline.
It’s just one more way that SourceGas serves you.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Since pipelines are usually buried underground, line markers and warning signs are used to indicate their presence in an area along the pipeline route. Here are examples of some of these markers:
Markers and warning signs are located at frequent intervals along pipeline rights-of-way (ROW). They are found where a pipeline intersects a street, highway, railway or waterway, and at other prominent points along the route. They can be any color, but are generally yellow, black and red in color. For more information on the color scheme of pipeline markers and warning signs, view the APWA Color Code Chart.
Markers warn that a pipeline is located in the area, identify the product transported in the line, and provide the name of the pipeline operator and a telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
Pipeline markers and warning signs indicate only the presence of a pipeline. They should not be used or relied upon to determine the exact location of the pipeline. Pipeline locations within a ROW may vary both horizontally and vertically (depth), and the pipeline may not follow a straight course between markers. Additionally, there may be multiple pipelines located in the same ROW. For more information on understanding pipeline markers, read "A Common Myth About Pipeline Markers."
Pipeline markers are helpful in determining that a pipeline is located in an area. However, before digging in the area, all excavators, including the general public, should call their area's one-call center to have the specific locations of underground pipelines determined and marked. In some cases, the pipeline operator may require that any excavation near its pipelines be monitored by company personnel.
Digging-related damage is a major cause of pipeline accidents. It is important that anyone planning to dig contact their area's one-call center before digging. This will allow the pipeline operator to determine and mark the exact location of the pipeline within the planned digging area. Calling the one-call center before digging is required by law. The one-call process is designed to help prevent damage to pipelines and to save lives. So call before you dig - it's the law.
What to do if you are digging and disturb a pipeline:
Even if you happen to cause what seems to be only minor damage to a buried pipeline, notify the pipeline company immediately. A gouge, scrape, dent or crease to the pipe or coating may cause a future break or leak, so don't cover it up. It is imperative that the pipeline company inspect and repair any damage to the line, for everyone's safety. If you become aware of such an incident or potential incident, please contact the pipeline operator immediately.
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