Call Before you Dig

05/15/2012 8:34 AM

With the warmer weather coming, home and business improvements may be started and they could include digging in the yard for a number of reasons ranging from construction projects to gardening.

Some types of projects you may have planned that need a
call before you dig include:
• Planting trees/shrubs
• Installing a fence
• Building a patio, addition, deck, garage, outdoor shed – something that requires digging
• New driveway
• Installing a septic system or water drainage system
• Terracing or landscaping

Iowa One Call has made it easy with their 8-1-1 number or you can simply dial 1-800-292-
8989. These numbers are answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Remember to plan ahead
as the request for locates needs to be called in 48 hours ahead of time during normal business
hours from 7am to 5pm Monday-Friday.

After the locates are made, you’ll notice different colored flags and paint in the locate
area. These are according to the American Public Works Association Utility Location &
Coordination Council Uniform Color Code.

Red-Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables
Yellow-Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
Orange-Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cable or Conduit
Blue-Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
Green-Sewers and Drain Lines
Pink-Temporary Survey Markings
White-Proposed Excavation
Purple-Reclaimed Water

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