Residents Reminded to Call 811 Before Digging

By Margaret Allen
If you have a spring or summer project planned that requires digging, PPL Electric Utilities reminds everyone to make the free 811 call before starting. Pennsylvania law requires an 811 call at least three business days before digging with any power equipment in Pennsylvania. Once the call is placed, a crew is sent out to survey the area and mark with spray paint, flags or other markers where underground utilities – power, water, sewer and gas lines and other utilities – are located. A recent survey by Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an association committed to raising public awareness about underground safety,showed there were 532,000 instances of excavation-related damages to underground utilities in the U.S. in 2019. Costs associated with that damage were estimated at $30 million.