Digging responsibly means you:

  • Request, in advance, that the operators of buried utilities identify and mark the locations of utilities that could be in conflict with your ground disturbance.
  • Pre-mark your dig site with white paint.
  • Wait until all utilities have been marked before you dig.
  • Ensure operators of excavation equipment have copies of, and understand, the locate documentation.
  • Support and protect exposed utilities to the satisfaction of the utility operator.
  • Report any damage (caused or found).
  • Respect the locate marks. Hand expose buried utilities in conflict with a ground disturbance before using mechanical excavation equipment within the hand expose zone.
  • Backfill exposed utilities with care.