Maine Public Utilities Commission is urging all those who dig to take advantage of the resources available in Maine that will help avoid costly and dangerous damage to underground utility facilities.

“Digging without knowing the specific location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, potentially serious injuries and costly repairs,” said Mark Vannoy, chairman of Maine PUC. “This April marks the 11th annual National Safe Digging Month, and we are reminding Maine residents to always call 811 at least three business days before any excavation project.”

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to Dig Safe, Inc., the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both.

Digging without calling to verify underground utility line locations first carries real risk — every six minutes an underground utility line in the United States is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Striking even a single line can cause serious injury, repair costs, and interruption of essential services. Visit www.digsafe.com or www.call811.com for more information.