CenterPoint Energy recognizes National 811 Day as a reminder to contact 811 before digging  

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CenterPoint Energy recognizes National 811 Day as a reminder to contact 811 before digging  

The Company encourages homeowners and professionals to make
a free request before digging to avoid damaging buried utilities 

Evansville — Aug. 10, 2023 – CenterPoint Energy is proud to take part in National 811 Day on Aug. 11 (8/11). This day serves as a reminder for anyone who plans to dig to contact 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.

“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors to use the free 811 service before digging to reduce the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Chasta Martin, Vice President, Field Services for CenterPoint Energy. “Calling 811 or visiting Call811.com is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area so that you can dig safely and keep your community safe and connected.” 

Every few minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone began digging without first contacting 811.  Customers should contact 811 to request that local utility companies mark the approximate location of buried electric, natural gas, water, telecommunications, and cable lines in the designated project space and minimize the risk of injury or disruption of utility service.

Every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires contacting 811 by phone or online to notify utility providers of planned digging and to allow for marking of underground utilities before digging.  Striking a single line can cause repair costs, inconvenient service outages and fines, severe injuries and even death. 

The depth of utility lines can vary for several reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Even when digging only a few inches or digging in a location that’s previously been marked, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists. Some examples of digging projects that require a free 811 request at least a few days before breaking ground include, installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio.

Additional information about pipeline safety can be found at www.centerpointenergy.com/callbeforeyoudig.