Jun 16, 2022
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Due to continued nationwide supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, Mason PUD 3 has depleted its supply of 320 amp meters. Although there are shipments expected to arrive in the near future, any new or existing jobs requiring the installation of a 320 amp meter may be delayed connection until further notice. Read more about our Material Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions here.
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.
Remember, PUD 3 customers own their own underground service wire, however the PUD's locator will locate the service wire up to the meter. Sometimes there are other service wires that are installed on the property that the PUD is unaware of. Some of the services the PUD's locator will not locate include:
This interactive map may help to visualize the line of responsibility for locating underground utilities.
The property owner is responsible for requesting private locates for the purpose of locating all private utilities on the property, and the subsequent removal of all obstacles. A partial list of private utility locators that perform work in Mason County is available here. The full state-wide list from Washington 811 is available here.
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."