Call 8-1-1 Before Digging

To avoid personal injury and damage to underground lines, state law requires you to contact Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE) before any digging project, regardless of the project size or depth. The call is free, and so are the services.

According to state law, the person doing the digging is required to call JULIE with the locate request information at least 48 hours (two working days, excluding weekends and holidays) in advance of the start of excavation.  You must begin your project within 14 days from the time you call and if you want to start your project over the weekend, remember to contact JULIE by Wednesday at 4:00 PM.

In order to help the utility locator properly identify your project area, JULIE recommends that you mark the area where you will be digging with white paint and/or flags.

Each JULIE utility member is responsible to mark their own underground facilities with paint or flags within the two working day period required by law (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).

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Or, you can dial 8-1-1 to connect to the undergound locating service in any state in the country!


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JULIE is a not-for-profit corporation that provides contractors, excavators, homeowners, and others who may be disturbing the earth, with a single toll-free number to call for the locating and marking of underground utilities. Anytime you plan to dig, whether it’s a small or a large construction or homeowner project (such as putting up a fence or clothes line, planting a garden or shrubbery, building a home addition, deck or foundation, etc.) you must call 48 hours (NOT COUNTING WEEKENDS AND/OR HOLIDAYS) prior to digging. JULIE will notify the owners/operators of underground facilities who are JULIE members of this planned digging activity.