When doing projects around your house, digging without knowing where underground utility lines are buried can be very risky. When underground lines are damaged, vital services and everyday conveniences can become disconnected, not only to your home but to entire neighborhoods and, sometimes, whole subdivisions. Don’t risk harming yourself, your family or your neighbors. When planning an excavation project, simply dial 811 at least 48 hours (two working days) before you plan to start your work. We will notify most underground utility providers, who will send professional locators out to mark the approximate location of their utility lines. Then you can dig confidently, knowing the utilities will not be disturbed. The call is simple, free AND IT’S THE LAW! Know what’s below, call 811 before you dig!
Safe Excavation Begins With You
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These simple steps may be the most important you ever take:
Click here to enter the required information about your excavation at least 2 working days before you dig. You may also use GeoRemote or call 811.
Tell us about your project including location and what is being done, as well as all necessary instructions to make sure the right area gets marked. We accept GPS coordinates if provided along with detailed driving directions.
We Notify Member Facility Operators
Texas811 will tell you which facility operators will be notified about your excavation near their underground lines.
We will provide you with a reference number that serves as a proof of your call. We also keep a complete record of your call to verify your compliance with the law.
The Facility Operators Respond by marking their buried lines or other response.
Facility operators will mark their underground lines, as they determine necessary, and you will be able to work safely without delay. Marking Examples
Your excavation project proceeds safely.
Begin your project knowing that you are utilizing safe excavation practices while preserving vital services, protecting property and saving lives!
Know what's below...call before you dig!
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Damage Prevention Laws
- Utilities Code Title 5, Chapter 251
- Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 16, Part 1, Chapter 18
- Texas Legislative Update
Marking Color Code
For Marking Underground Utility Lines
Temporary survey markings
Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables
Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials
Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit
Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines
Sewer and drain lines
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