Atmos Energy is reminding you to call before you dig
MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar)- This Earth Day, Atmos Energy is asking everyone to call 811 at least three business days before planting a tree at parks or in yards.
“Trees bring environmental savings and improve air quality while offering a shield from stifling summer temperatures,” said Brandi Price, Atmos Energy vice president of public affairs. “We encourage the enhancement of parks and green spaces for our communities to enjoy and advise this simple step of calling 811. It’s free, it’s safe and it’s required by law. Calling 811 can protect yourself, your community, and the infrastructure that makes daily life possible.”
Atmos says utility lines may be only a few inches from the surface for a variety of reasons such as erosion, prior excavation and uneven surfaces and even minor damage can weaken a pipeline and lead to a future leak or cause outages.
The best way to avoid damaging utilities is to call 811 a few days before digging to learn the approximate location of buried lines in the area.
Everyone who calls 811 will be connected to a local notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies.
Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both.
Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.