Press Release

Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300

April is National Safe Digging Month
Make Sure You Call Or Click Before You Dig—It’s Free And It’s The Law

JEFFERSON CITY---Warmer weather usually means an increase in outside projects that may require digging or excavation work.

If you are planting a tree, building a deck or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to notify the Missouri One Call System by calling 811 or 1-800-DIGRITE, or placing a locate request online at at least three working days before excavation begins. The call will be taken by the Missouri One Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area.

During this three day period, utility companies will mark the approximate location of their underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the excavation site.

Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.

“Before you start digging on any project, it is important you contact the Missouri One Call Center at 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE (344-7483) or go online to place a locate request at so that underground utility lines can be marked,” said Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Ryan Silvey. “Help protect yourself, your family and your property by making sure you call or click before you begin a project that requires any digging.”

Call before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law. For more information, please go to Missouri One Call at
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