Columbia Gas encourages homeowners and professionals to make a free request two business days before digging to avoid damaging buried utilities
Columbus, OH – Aug. 11 is almost here, and Columbia Gas hopes that 8/11 on the calendar will be a natural reminder for residents to contact 811 before any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. An underground utility line is damaged every few minutes because someone decided to dig without first contacting 811.
Damaging a line can lead to expensive repairs, utility outages and injuries. Whether installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree or laying a patio, Columbia Gas reminds Ohioans to contact 811 at least two business days before breaking ground. When you contact 811 your local utility companies mark the approximate location of any buried lines in your yard, so you don’t risk injuring yourself or disrupting utility service to the neighborhood.
It’s Free. It’s Easy. It’s the Law. Call 811 or go online to OUPS.org to make your request. No matter how large or small, every digging project requires contacting 811 to ensure underground utilities have been appropriately marked before digging. Visit OUPS.org<https://oups.org/> or ColumbiaGasOhio.com<https://www.columbiagasohio.com/> for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.