Call Before You Dig, Keep Yourself Safe

Posted Monday, September 13, 2021

Do you have a major outdoor project planned this fall? Before you break ground, consider making a phone call first.

Know What’s Below

Call Before You Dig is a free service that prevents dangerous and costly accidents by helping you stay clear of underground utilities. Skagit PUD customers are reminded to use this service every time they dig, whether planning a major construction project or landscaping their yard.

Call 811 or (800) 424-5555 at least 48 hours before digging or excavating. You also can visit www.callbeforeyoudig.org and make your locate requests online.

This service is available 24 hours a day. When calling, be prepared to give the following information:

  1. Your name and phone number.
  2. The location of the site where you plan to dig. A street address and specific directions are necessary. White spray paint must mark the site, so we know exactly where you will dig.
  3. The type of work you plan to do.
  4. The date you plan to begin.

The service will contact all of the appropriate utilities in Skagit County for you, including Skagit PUD. Utility representatives will respond and mark the locations of their underground utilities.

Water lines are marked in blue.

Getting these lines marked can keep customers from hitting or cutting off power, water, phone, cable, sewer, or gas lines with digging equipment. Within two feet of the spray-painted marks, you should take special care and dig by hand. Accidental contact with any of these lines can result in serious injury.

Each year, the PUD receives more than 3,000 of these location requests countywide. This service is dedicated to protecting citizens and construction personnel who work around utilities and safeguarding your community's underground infrastructure.

Work safely this season. Remember to call before you dig.