This April marks the eleventh annual recognition month, reminding Pennsylvania residents to always dial 8‐1‐1 three business days before any digging project.
National Safe Digging Month is formally recognized by the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representative and has traditionally earned the support from nearly every state governor across the country.
As you prepare to excavate, state law requires that you contact 8-1-1 or www.paonecall.org. PBA members have their annual $125 fee covered by the association.
Here’s what PBA members need to know:
Each calendar year when you contact 8-1-1 for the first time, you will receive an invoice for $125. Forward your invoice to your local builders association. They will confirm your membership and send your invoice directly to PBA for payment.
You will not receive an invoice for additional use of the PA One Call System in the same calendar year, regardless of how often you use it. Repeat the same process the first time you dig in the next calendar year!
When dialing 8‐1‐1, homeowners and contractors are connected to Pennsylvania 811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional underground utility line locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists. Pennsylvania 811 encourages area residents to visit www.pa811.org or www.paonecall.org for more information about digging safely.