Call Before You Dig
A shovel hitting an underground power line can be as dangerous as contacting an overhead line. When planting trees, digging holes for fence posts, installing underground sprinklers or for other digging projects, please play it safe.
Call 811 to reach your local utility locating service at least 48 hours before you start the job. Using this free service could save your life.
When digging within two feet of the marked area, only use small hand tools such as a garden trowel and avoid contact with the utility line. Keep in mind that utility installation is not the same for all utilities and requirements have changed through the years. Not all utilities are installed with protective casings and can be vulnerable to damage by tools as simple as a shovel. Always proceed with caution when digging around utility lines.
For added information, we have listed direct numbers to your state's utility location service below:
Underground Service Alert
6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays
Oregon Utility Notification Center
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Northwest Utility Notification Center
Power line location requests accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week