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Clearwater Gas System Encourages Calling 811 Before Digging

8/11/2014 10:52:29 AM

Contact: Lisa Brown, 562-4980

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 11, 2014

Contact: Lisa Brown, Public Information Specialist

Phone: (727) 562-4980

Email: lisa.brown@clearwatergas.com

Clearwater Gas System encourages homeowners and business owners to make a free call before digging to know what’s below

Clearwater, Fla – Clearwater Gas System joins with other local utilities in support of highlighting the 8/11 calendar date. This will serve as a natural reminder for the general public to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

When calling 811, homeowners, business owners and contractors are transferred to the Sunshine State One Call Center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

“On August 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners, business owners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Brian Langille, Gas Operations Manager, “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

Visit www.call811.com or call 800-432-4770 for more information about safe digging practices.

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