APRIL IS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH Make Sure You Call Or Click Before You Dig—It’s Free And It’s The Law

JEFFERSON CITY—Spring weather usually means an increase in outside projects that may
require digging or excavation work.
“Before you start digging on any project, it is very important that you contact the Missouri
One Call Center at 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) or go online to place a locate request at
www.mo1call.com so that underground utility lines can be marked,” said Missouri Public Service
Commission Chairman Ryan Silvey. “Help protect yourself, your family and your property by
making sure you call or click before you begin a project that requires any digging. It’s smart, it’s
free and it’s the law.”
If you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires
anyone digging underground to call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE at least three working days before
excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all
relevant utilities in the project area.
During this three day period, utility companies will mark the approximate location of their
underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the
excavation site.
Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other
customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.
Call before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law. For more information, please go to Missouri
One Call at www.mo1call.com.