September 28, 2022
Dominion Vitality Urges Public to Contact 811 Earlier than Starting Residence Enchancment Work to Guarantee Utility Reliability and Security
  • If a challenge entails digging, then contacting 811 is required
  • Aug. 11 is a day to recollect to contact 811
  • The 811 service is free, required by legislation and protects public security

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Thursday is Nationwide 811 Day (8/11), and Dominion Vitality is becoming a member of utilities throughout the nation to remind the general public to contact 811 and have underground utility traces marked earlier than finishing summer season house enchancment initiatives that contain digging. The 811 service is free, required by legislation and protects public security. 

In response to a current nationwide examine, almost half of all U.S. householders who plan to dig this 12 months will put themselves and their communities in danger by digging with out contacting 811. By chance placing an underground utility line might trigger inconvenient outages, site visitors disruptions or public questions of safety.  

Widespread house enchancment initiatives reminiscent of putting in a mailbox or constructing a deck are examples of initiatives that might injury underground utility traces. State Legislation requires the general public to contact 811 three enterprise days earlier than beginning a challenge to request underground utilities be marked. Property homeowners and contractors can dial 811 or submit a request on-line. 

“On 811 Day and all year long, we educate householders {and professional} contractors alike to make use of the free 811 service earlier than digging to scale back the chance of damaging an underground utility line,” mentioned Jason Holland, Dominion Vitality Virginia’s Director of Distribution Operations Facilities and Emergency Preparedness. “Having traces marked is the one technique to know which utilities are buried in your space to be able to keep away from them and dig safely.” 

Following the request, 811 will notify the suitable utility corporations of the challenge {and professional} locators will mark the approximate location of underground traces with flags, spray paint or each, to assist excavators and property homeowners dig safely. The utility marking service is funded by utilities, like Dominion Vitality. 

To study extra about protected digging, go to DominionEnergy.com/security/call-before-you-dig. 

About Dominion Vitality 
About 7 million clients in 15 states energize their houses and companies with electrical energy or pure gasoline from Dominion Vitality (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The corporate is dedicated to safely offering dependable, inexpensive and sustainable power and to reaching Web Zero emissions by 2050. DominionEnergy.com to study extra. 

SOURCE Dominion Vitality

Dominion Vitality Urges Public to Contact 811 Earlier than Starting Residence Enchancment Work to Guarantee Utility Reliability and Security