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Colorado Springs Utilities wants to remind its customers to contact 811 prior to digging, no matter the equipment or tool being used, or size of the project.

CSU says a large percentage of its electric, natural gas, water and wastewater mains, and service lines are underground and out of sight, and very dangerous if exposed or damaged.
 
"Many of our customers are installing fences, planting trees or shrubs, and laying patios, all examples of digging projects that require 811 notification," said Shelly Dornick, Springs Utilities Damage Prevention Program Administrator.
 
And now, contacting 811 is easier than ever. Simply click colorado811.org, or if you prefer, call 811.
 
“Hitting a utility line could mean disrupting service to your entire neighborhood, potential for costly repairs, and most important, serious injury or even death," Dornick explains.
 
In addition, the Sky Sox are hosting “811 Safe Dig Day” on Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at Security Service Field. Please join us at the ballpark.

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