Call Before You Dig: It's The Law

By: Samantha Boatman Email
By: Samantha Boatman Email

Before you start any spring excavation projects or plant any trees in your yard, you're required to call 811.

Under Nevada law, you are required to call before you dig. This gives crews time to come out and mark where utility facilities are beneath the surface.

Damaging a utility line, especially a natural gasline can be extremely dangerous for the whole neighborhood.

There are also fines if you damage lines before calling 811.

"If they damage our facilities and they're at fault, we'll charge them for the labor, equipment and material and that's it. But, The Public Utility Commission of Nevada, they're the ones that actually police this law and they will fine. They're getting very aggressive now they have been for a couple years, and the damages has dropped I think partially because of that, but they are the ones who will go out and fine," says Jay Mendiola is NV Energy's Damange Prevention Coordinator.

He says you need to call two days before you start to dig, so that gives crews enough time to see where the lines are.

If a line has been marked, you have to hand dig 24 inches away from that line, you cannot use machinery that close to the line.

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