Plan Ahead. Pick Up the Phone Before the Shovel

By: NIPSCO Last Updated: April 3, 2017

811In recognition of National Safe Digging Month, NIPSCO reminds customers and contractors to call 811, the free, national call-before-you-dig phone number, at least two business days before starting any digging project.

Calling 811 is not only important for personal and public safety, it’s the law. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions and serious injuries.

In addition to the risk of serious injury, not calling 811 could result in fines up to $10,000 and the cost to repair any damages.

No matter how small you think the project is, whether it’s installing a mailbox, planting trees or performing any other outdoor digging project, NIPSCO encourages everyone to take the following steps:

NIPSCO utilizes two outside companies to assist with marking underground facilities for customers – Utility Resource Group, LLC (URG) and UtiliQuest. As an enhanced offering, NIPSCO customers will now receive an electronic confirmation that their requested project area has been located.

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