Call Before You Dig

Planning some home improvements? Planting a tree? Putting in a new mailbox? Installing a fence or deck? Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, remember to call 811 to have any underground facilities properly marked before starting a project.


Video -- Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig
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Did you know?

  • A buried utility line is damaged by digging activity about every three minutes in the United States.
  • About one-third of incidents are caused because a free call was not made to 811.
  • Utilities are buried only a few inches underground, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects.


If you plan any excavation, from digging in your own yard to a commercial project, Missouri law requires that you notify Missouri One Call System. Call 8-1-1 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483). Many utility lines are located underground and out of sight. Digging carelessly can cause disruption of vital utility services and environmental damage, or even loss of life.


  • Call before you dig...3 to 10 days before excavating
  • Wait the required amount of time
  • Respect the makings
  • Dig safe, dig smart, dig with care

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