Did you know, that as an Indiana resident, you are required by law to contact Indiana 811 before you dig?

To prevent digging accidents that damage vital underground utility lines, the Indiana General Assembly signed “Call Before You Dig” into law in 2009, though many residents are not using this free and legally required service.

The law requires anyone that digs to contact Indiana 811 at least two full business days ahead of starting a project, such as planting a tree, installing a mailbox, etc.

Once 811 has been contacted, utility crews assigned to visit the property will mark the locations of underground utility lines free of charge. Allowing utility crews to mark line locations will keep those who are digging safe from accidentally hitting and damaging utility infrastructure – a costly mistake.

In the event that Indiana 811 has not been contacted and a utility line is damaged while digging, the responsible party may be subject to the following penalties:

• A written warning;

• A maximum $10,000 civil penalty;

• Required participation in a mandatory education and training program sponsored by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC); and/or

• Advanced project planning, which must then be approved by the IURC.

You may request Indiana 811 service by calling 8-1-1, 800-382-5544 (toll-free) or by visiting indiana811.org.

For your safety and others, I strongly urge you to contact Indiana 811 before you begin digging. This service is free and is available 24/7.