CHASKA, Minn — As warmer weather approaches, so do plans for construction and gardening projects. But before you sink that shovel or backhoe into your property, it’s important to check what utility lines might be lying just below the sod.
“Digging into underground telephone, electric, gas or water lines can disrupt service to your area or could cause serious injury,” said CenturyLink Area Supervisor and Gopher State One Call Board Member Terry VanWatermulen. “Homeowners often make assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked. The truth is every digging job needs a call. Before you begin outdoor projects, CenturyLink would like to remind you – call the Gopher State One Call, 800-252-1166 or 811, before you dig.”
When dialing 811 from anywhere in the country your call is routed to your state’s local One Call Center and further, the affected utility company. Utility companies, like CenturyLink, send a professional locator to your site within three working days to mark lines free of charge. After knowing approximate locations of utility lines, safe digging can begin.
Utility line depths can vary. Digging without calling has the potential to disrupt service to an entire neighborhood. It could also result in fines and repair costs. One call gets underground utility lines marked for free and prevents undesired consequences.
For more information, visit www.gopherstateonecall.org.
CenturyLink is a leading provider of high-quality voice, broadband and video services over its advanced communications networks to consumers and businesses in 33 states. CenturyLink, headquartered in Monroe, La., is an S&P 500 Company and is listed in the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information on CenturyLink, visit www.centurylink.com.