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April Is National Safe Digging Month

April 26, 2019

Hallowell, Maine - April 25, 2019 - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) announced today that Governor Mills has proclaimed April 2019 as Safe Digging Month in Maine.

"We are pleased to join Governor Mills in raising awareness about safe digging practices across the state. 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 the Commission. This April marks the twelfth annual National Safe Digging Month, and we are reminding Maine residents to always call 811 at least three business days before any excavation project, Vannoy said. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to Dig Safe, Inc., the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their 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 first calling to verify underground utility line locations 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.
By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in the excavation area marked, homeowners and excavation professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected. The Commission encourages Maine residents to visit www.digsafe.com or www.call811.com for more information about digging safely.

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About the Commission The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe. Mark Vannoy is Chairman of the Commission. Bruce Williamson and Randall Davis serve as Commissioners.
Learn more about the Commission at www.maine.gov/mpuc

Press Contact Name: Harry Lanphear, Administrative Director Phone: (207) 287-3831 Email: Harry.Lanphear@Maine.gov