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  2. April is the official Safe Digging Month in Colorado, a statewide initiative aimed at raising awareness of the importance of notifying the Utility Notification Center of Colorado (UNCC) by calling 811 before all digging projects to reduce the risk of striking underground utility lines and potentially causing community damage or personal injury.
    Did you know?
    •  More than 256,000 underground utility lines are struck each year in the U.S.?
    • 35% of all U.S. digging damages result from not calling before digging.
    • Utilities are buried only a few inches underground, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects.
     It is Colorado law that all who wish to dig must first give utilities up to three business days to locate any facilities (water and sewer lines, gas and electric, communications, and cable) which may be impacted by excavation.  This is to protect public and private property from damage and to avoid possible interruptions of service.  More importantly it could save lives.  Once your lines are marked, you will know their approximate location and you can dig safely.  Knowing what’s below will protect you, your family and your neighbors.  So please remember, Call 811 Before You Dig!
    Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call - even small projects like planting trees and shrubs.  The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area.  Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs.  Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for FREE and helps prevent undesired consequences.
    How It Works
    When you dial 811, your call is forwarded to the Utility Notification Center of Colorado (UNCC) for processing.  UNCC operators record the location of the dig and then notify the affected utility companies of your digging plans.  Your utility companies then dispatch a professional locating crew to mark the approximate location of your lines.
    If you need a utility locate please call the Utility Notification Center of Colorado at 811, or if you have any questions on whether a utility locate is necessary, please contact Dennis Morse at 303-979-2333.