The Georgia Dig Law requires both professional excavators and homeowners to have utility lines marked before performing any mechanized digging or demolition. Call 811 even if you plan to manually dig. By knowing where underground utility lines are buried before digging will help protect you from injury and/or expense.
Calling the Utilities Protection Center before digging is a free service. Call about a week before you plan to dig excluding weekend and legal holidays. This will start the process of member utility companies to send a locator out to mark their lines with flags and paint markings.
You will need to provide the following information to the UPC of Georgia:
1. Name, area code, phone number, address, city, county, and nearest cross street
2. Type of work to be done and how long it will take
3. Date and start time digging is to begin
4. If any work will be done within ten feet of overhead power lines
5. Contractor contact person’s name and phone number
6. Where on the property you wished to be marked
7. Specific directions to your property, landmarks, etc.
The single greatest cause of accidents regarding utility lines is digging by third party excavators. Third party refers to those other than the utility company. Please report any suspected signs of damage even if the damage seems minor. Safety is for everyone. Please watch for markers indicating where utilities are located.