Damaging or striking a single buried power line can create a dangerous situation, cause injury, or result in repair costs, fines and outages. In Minnesota, homeowners and contractors should call 8-1-1 or submit an online request to Gopher State One Call (www.gopherstateonecall.org) at least two business days in advance of a planned project to have underground utility lines marked in your digging location.
Every digging project, large or small, warrants contacting 8-1-1. Installing a post for a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree are all examples of projects that need utility lines marked before digging.
Gopher State One Call will notify the appropriate utility companies of the caller’s intent to dig. At no charge, professional locators will mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.