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For Release: 08/08/2013

August 11 is National Call Before You Dig Day

Calling 811 Helps to Ensure Safety of Digging Projects

WAUKEGAN, IL. – August 11 is Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig Day and with summer in full swing, North Shore Gas says it's the perfect time to remind residents about the importance of calling 8-1-1 before they dig. Whether you're planning late summer or early fall landscaping projects, building a deck or having an underground sprinkler system installed, if the project involves digging, it's necessary to call 811 before you dig!

The 8-1-1 hotline network is a coordinated nationwide underground utility location system that is set up for everyone's safety. The federally-mandated national 811 "Call Before You Dig" number was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. It’s important that contractors, workers and residents, anyone planning any work that requires digging to follow the pipeline safety procedures and be aware of natural gas pipelines buried underneath their property. In certain cases, this can be only a few inches from the surface and easy striking distance even for shallow digging projects like putting up a tent in the yard.

"Simple digging jobs can damage utility lines and can disrupt vital services to an entire neighborhood, harm those who dig and can result in expensive fines and repair costs," said Ted Andersen, Integrys Business Support (IBS) senior claims analyst and a board member of JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators). "One call to 811 quickly begins the process of getting underground utility lines marked."

Customers of North Shore Gas should first call the JULIE hotline at 811 or (800) 892-0123 at least 48 before planning to dig, even for a temporary project such as erecting a tent for a backyard bar-b-cue or Labor Day holiday celebration. Location specialists will come to your home, locate, and mark all underground utility services in your yard free of charge.

North Shore Gas has approximately 2,300 miles of underground distribution natural gas pipeline. Calling 8-1-1 well in advance of your project start date to get locates done, will help ensure you can start your projects safely as planned as well as ensure there are no disruption to electric or natural gas service to entire neighborhoods.

For more information on the on the utility’s pipeline safety materials, visit

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager-Public Relations
    Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas