Safe Digging is

Fast, Easy & Free. It’s the Law.

1. Contact 811

Dial 811 or make a request online two-business days before any digging project.

2. Wait

Wait the two-business days for the utility companies to mark the work area.

3. Confirm

Confirm that all affected utility companies have responded. Responses can be verified by comparing markings with utilities listed on the 811 ticket. Learn what each colored marking means. Positive Response for excavators.

4. Respect

Respect and replace the markings provided by the utility companies. These markings are your guide for the duration of the project.

5. Carefully dig

It is the responsibility of the person digging to avoid damaging marked lines.

Homeowners

Texas law requires homeowners to contact 811 two-business days (excluding weekends and holidays) before digging, even if you’re working in your own backyard. Homeowners should contact 811 when: Building or repairing a fence, planting a tree, installing a sprinkler system or any chore or maintenance that requires digging. This list is not a comprehensive list.

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Excavators

Texas law requires excavators to contact 811 two-business days (excluding weekends and holidays) before excavating.

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