It’s finally summer in Minnesota! People are out enjoying the weather and may even be getting some yard projects done. Whether you’re planting a tree or building a deck, always call 811 before you dig — it’s the law. Underground utility lines can only be inches below the surface and be ruptured with a shovel or other household tools. Hitting a line could cause an outage, property damage or the worst-case scenario — an explosion.
To dig safely — and legally in Minnesota — you need to do three things:
Call 811 at least two business days before you dig.
Mark your yard (in white) so the locator knows where you’re digging and can mark the utilities in your yard appropriately.
Respect the locate marks and hand-dig carefully around them.
Utility locators follow the uniform color codes mandated by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for locate marks.
Dakota Electric sends out Circuits monthly newsletter to our members each month. Inside, members can find valuable money- and energy-saving tips, special event details, news about Dakota Electric and electric utility industry information that may impact electric bills.
Dakota Electric Association
4300 220th Street West
Farmington, Minnesota 55024