EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Xcel Energy is reminding people to call 811 before digging.
Friday is National 811 Day, the day serves to remind people to always call the number in order to dig safely.
According to the Common Ground Alliance, there are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities in the United States, equating to more than one football field’s length of buried utilities for every person in the country. An underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes because someone did not call before digging.
When calling 811, consumers will be routed to a local call center. An operator will gather information about digging plans, and notify local pipeline and utility companies about the project. Most states require 48 hours to 72 hours advance notice (excluding weekends and holidays).