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Homeowners, Businesses Urged To Call: Miss Dig 811 In Advance As Construction And Backyard Projects Resume
LANSING — The Michigan Public Serv- ice Commission today asked Michiganders — from homeowners doing backyard proj- ects to businesses engaging in major construc- tion — to not wait until the last minute to have underground utilities marked by MISS DIG 811.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order allowing construction projects to resume May 7 after being put on hold as part of her Stay Home, Stay Safe efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Construction can resume provided that employers adopt best practices to protect their workers from infec- tion.
With spring weather arriving and homeown- ers turning to backyard projects, and with companies resuming construction, there’s pent-up demand for location marking for
buried utilities including natural gas, telecom- munications, electricity, water and sewer lines.
MISS DIG 811, Michigan’s nonprofit statewide underground utility safety notifica- tion system, is asking anyone doing big or small projects that involve digging to place calls to 811 or fill out a request online at up to two weeks in advance to make use of the 14-day window allotted under state law.
Anyone excavating is required by law to contact MISS DIG 811 no later than 72 hours in advance so that utilities can be marked by trained workers with spray paint or colored flags.
“If you know you’re going to dig in two weeks, don’t wait until 72 hours beforehand to contact MISS DIG 811,” said Bruce Camp-
bell, CEO of MISS DIG System, Inc. “You can contact us two weeks in advance, which allows facility owners and their locators to be better prepared for increased volume in calls for locating underground utilities.”
Underground utility lines in Michigan are damagedduringdiggingactivitieseveryyear, causing service disruptions and putting lives and property at risk.
“No matter the size of the project, digging should only be done after a call to 811,” said
MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg. “We strongly encourage Michiganders to help us do every- thing we can do to reduce the chances of peo- ple being injured or vital services being inter- rupted because someone struck underground utility lines.”
For more information go to or see the MPSC’s con- sumer tip on safe digging.
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