August 11 (8/11) serves as a reminder to call 811 before you dig

This August 11th, Alliant Energy reminds customers to call 811 before any digging project. It’s important for everyone, from homeowners to pr811ofessional contractors, to call before you dig all year. We hope this date, 8/11, will be a good reminder.

“Nationally, failure to call before digging results in more than 60,000 unintentional hits of underground utility lines annually,” said Richard Sublett, Senior Manager of Compliance & Operational Performance for Alliant Energy. “Not only is calling a good idea, it’s the law.”

When you call 811, your state’s One Call center notifies utility companies of the project. Homeowners and contractors should call at least three business days before digging. Professional locators will mark the approximate locations of underground lines for free.

Dig with CARE:

C – Call 811 before you dig
A – Allow three business days for marks to be made
R – Respect the marks; hand dig within 18 inches
E – Excavate carefully

For additional information, visit or call 811.

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