Call before you dig—it's the law!
Did you know that according to the Code of Virginia, underground
utility lines must be installed at depths that are "in
accordance with accepted industry standards?"
Even if you know the date of installation of an underground
utility, there is no guarantee that the line will be at a
standard depth. On new construction, the final grade of a new
lawn may change as construction crews move dirt that covers the
utilities. For this reason, Virginia law requires that
excavators use care when excavating near marked utilities.
And excavators aren't the only ones who should use care. If you
are planning to dig in your yard, be sure to call Miss
Utility at least three days in advance (not counting weekends
and holidays) to have your underground utilities marked. Be
safe, not sorry. You are responsible for damage to
underground lines if you do not call
before you dig. Miss Utility can now be reached simply by
dialing 8-1-1. (The previous Virginia Miss Utility
number, 800-552-7001 will also continue to work.)