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For safety's sake, it's against state law to dig a hole more than one foot deep without notifying utility companies (CALL: 811) at least two days in advance.
Really. It’s right there in the “Revised Code of Washington, 19.122”.
OK, why does this program exist? It protects you from being injured if you hit an underground power line, and protects your neighbors from losing power.
When you call, make sure you’re ready to tell them what you’re going to do, the location of your project, and your contact information.
Imagine this: you’re digging and hit underground utilities. Your work causes damage.
At the very least, you could be responsible for paying the cost of fixing things. If you were digging without calling for someone to come locate the utilities damages could be triple!
You should contact us as soon as possible if you hit an underground power line while digging.
If you will be digging a trench, be sure to check out our trenching specs and requirements.
The Revised Code of Washington, 19.122, requires that persons contact the Utilities Underground Locate Center (1-800-424-5555) two working days (48 hours) in advance of excavation on PUD 3's property or public agency right-of-way. The law defines excavation as: "…any operation in which earth, rock or other material on or below the ground is moved or otherwise displaced by any means, except the tilling of soil less than 12 inches in depth for agricultural purposes, or road and ditch maintenance that does not change the original road grade or ditch flow line."
Remember, PUD 3 customers own their own underground service wire, and therefore they are responsible for marking its location. Private utility locators perform work in Mason County if you're not feeling up to it. Other private facilities that must be located before digging include:
Customer owned underground secondary/service wires
Sprinkler or irrigation systems
Septic systems and leach fields
Water system, including well water pipes
Well pump wires
Wires running to an outbuilding such as a garage, shop, or shed
Gas or propane lines
Communication wires (cable, phone, CAT5, etc.)
Outdoor lighting wires
Low voltage wires
Compressed air lines
Garbage or disposal sites
Covered building foundations, pavement, etc.
Any other possible facilities that are not visible above ground.