CLEVELAND, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion East Ohio says today – 8/11 – is the best day to remind customers and contractors to call 8-1-1 at least 48 hours prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked as required by Ohio law to help ensure safe excavation.
Promotion of the Call 8-1-1 and other pipeline safety messages has helped Dominion East Ohio reduce third-party dig-ins by 50 percent over the past nine years.
When calling 8-1-1, homeowners are connected to the Ohio Utility Protection Service, the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. This service is free of charge. 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 buried utility line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. State law mandates a call to 8-1-1 for every digging project, no matter how big or small. That includes installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck, or planting a tree, for example.
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 deep, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,600 megawatts of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,455 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 928 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 13 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
SOURCE Dominion East Ohio