Apr 4, 2016 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.
As a utility advocating for safety through its involvement in Georgia 811, PCWASA is joining other utilities to recognize April as Safe Digging Month in Georgia.
In addition to overseeing the safety of its employees and contractors in the field, the Authority is an advocate for safety among Peachtree City residents who may be pursuing a project around the house that warrants locating underground utilities. For that reason, call before you dig! Georgia 811 is the number to dial to assure your project is completed safely and without incident.
Georgia 811 is a non-profit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilities while promoting public safety. The organization functions as a communication system. It connects member utilities and companies like PCWASA with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activities, such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring and demolition.
Georgia 811 encourages homeowners planning even a small, non-mechanized digging project to call before you dig, so you can ensure your personal safety and the safety of those around you. These projects can include installing a fence, deck, swing set or mail box, planting trees or landscaping.
The notification system provided by Georgia 811 for its members affords them an opportunity to locate and identify any underground facilities they may have in an area where digging is planned.
Georgia law mandates that before beginning any mechanized digging or excavation work, you must contact Georgia 811 by calling 811 or 1-800-282-7411 at least 48 hours, but no more than 10 working days, in advance to have utility lines marked.
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
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