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December 17, 2017

Power Up

Call Before You Dig

Know what's below. Call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig.

This free locating service will help ensure your safety and prevent disruption of electrical or other utility services. 

When to Use Iowa One Call:

Anytime you plant to excavate. This includes:

  • Putting up a fence or clothes line
  • Pounding stakes or posts into the ground
  • Planting trees or shrubs
  • Building a patio, home addition, deck or foundation
  • Replacing or putting in a new driveway or sidewalk
  • Terracing or landscaping
  • Installing a septic system or water drainage system
  • While normal residential gardening does not require prior notification, notify Iowa One Call before installing a new garden or using power equipement such as garden tillers.

When you call 811, your underground electric facilities will be marked with paint and/or flags. Placing this call also notifies other utilities that may have buried services on your property.   Iowa law applies to professional contractors as well as homeowners.

Never assume the location or depth of underground utility lines. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself, disrupt service, and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

To request a locate call 811 or visit to start an online locate request.



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