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Utility regulators asking residents to call before digging

PIERRE (AP) -- The Public Utilities Commission is reminding South Dakota residents to call "811" before starting any digging project. The PUC says the calls are required by law to prevent injuries and avoid disturbing underground utilities. When ...

PIERRE (AP) - The Public Utilities Commission is reminding South Dakota residents to call "811" before starting any digging project.

The PUC says the calls are required by law to prevent injuries and avoid disturbing underground utilities.

When a call is received, an operator notifies utility company representatives in the affected dig area, who mark the underground lines with spray paint or flags. Residents then can dig around the marked areas.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has emphasized the importance of this step by proclaiming April to be "Safe Digging" month. Excavators and homeowners must contact "811" at least two working days before beginning a project.

The call center received 142,100 requests to locate utility lines in 2015.

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More information is available online at  www.SD811.com  and on the free South Dakota 811 mobile app.

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