Eversource reminds residents to ‘Call Before You Dig’

Eversource reminds residents to ‘Call Before You Dig’


With more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, it’s crucial to know what’s below ground before beginning any excavation work. In recognition of National 8-1-1 Day on Aug. 11, Eversource reminded customers, contractors and excavators to put safety first when starting any digging project, large or small. Whether planting a shrub or installing a pool, calling 8-1-1 to mark underground utilities is a critical step to avoiding injuries and disruptions of utility service, and it’s also the law.

Call Before You Dig governs safe digging practices in Connecticut and offers a one-call system to locate and mark underground facilities that are near proposed excavation areas. By calling 8-1-1, homeowners and contractors are connected with CBYD, which notifies local utilities of any scheduled digging activities. Professionals then visit the property to mark utility-owned underground lines with flags and/or spray paint to indicate areas to be avoided.

Tips to remember include:

- Regardless of the depth of the digging or familiarity with the property, always contact 8-1-1 before starting a project.

- Underground electric, gas, communication and water lines can be located anywhere. Know what’s below to avoid injury and damage to utility lines.

- Whether using power equipment or hand tools such as axes, shovels or posthole diggers, the law requires notifying CBYD at least two business days in advance of a project that requires digging or excavation work.

- Hitting a utility line can lead to injury, repair costs, fines and even service outages.

For more information, visit www.cbyd.com.

– Press Release

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