Des Moines, IA – The governor has declared April to be Safe Digging Month in Iowa. Iowa One Call’s Ben Booth says there are still people who start digging before calling 8-1-1 to located underground utilities despite all the warnings.
Booth says some people also get in a big hurry to do a project and dig without a call. He says calling is not optional.
Booth says the under utility location service is free — but it can cost you in damage and fines if you hit something because you didn’t know it was there. He says there are a lot of utilities buried underground — including key links to the internet during the pandemic.
You can call 8-1-1 or Booth says there is now an online option available.
He says those who come out to mark the utilities like the detail of the online system.
He says Iowa One Call representatives handle more than 700-thousand notices and coordinate more than three-point-five million locate requests annually.