Chesapeake Utilities is hoping that the local communities join the company in planting trees for Earth Day and Arbor Day projects next week. The company is encouraging residents to call 811 at least 48 hours ahead of time to have underground utility lines marked before digging begins.


    Chesapeake Utilities is hoping that the local communities join the company in planting trees for Earth Day and Arbor Day projects next week. The company is encouraging residents to call 811 at least 48 hours ahead of time to have underground utility lines marked before digging begins.
    “We’re strongly encouraging individuals and companies to call 811 before they start digging, because we want to make sure their volunteer efforts have only positive effects on the environment,” said Manager of System Integrity Richard Cleveland. “By having underground lines marked, volunteers are reducing the risk of striking a line and can focus on their environmental contributions.”
    Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Volunteers are responsible for having lines marked, regardless of whether they are planting a sapling or a full-grown tree.
    When calling 811, homeowners are connected to Miss Utility, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been properly marked, digging can begin around the marked lines.
    Jeff Tietbohl, Director of Natural Gas Distribution for Chesapeake Utilities, said failure to call 811 before digging results in more than 200,000 unintentional hits annually across the country, so please call 811 before all digging projects.
     Go to www.call811.com for more state information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.