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    Call Before You Dig

    Call Before You DigIf you plan to dig anywhere on public or private property, Oregon law requires you to contact the utility locating service before you dig. If you damage any utility facilities, you will be liable for repair costs.

    You can reach the utility locating service two ways:

    • Call 8-1-1
    • Visit www.digsafelyoregon.com and scroll down to the "Homeowners Online Locate Request" on the home page.

    8-1-1 is a free service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

    You should request locates at least two working days before beginning any excavation to prevent damage to underground facilities, service interruptions and injuries. A representative will be sent out to locate and mark any underground facilities on your property. 

    We also recommend taking these steps during your digging project.

      1. Take pictures of the work area after the locate marks are on the ground. That way if the locate marks aren’t correct, you will have a record of what was marked and where. If you hit a facility, be sure to take pictures of the area of where you are digging.
      2. Keep the locate "ticket number" handy so that you can refer to it in the event of any issues.
      3. Stop work immediately if you dig into a facility, and call the company whose service was dug into to let them know. If you dig into the electric line, call the PUD at (503) 397-1844. Our crews will come out and check on things, and the locating service may come out as well. Your locating ticket should have the names and numbers for the other companies, such as water, gas, cable, or phone lines. 

      To learn more, visit  www.digsafelyoregon.com.

      American Public Works Association Uniform Color Code

      RED

      Electric power lines, cables or conduits, and lighting cables.

      YELLOW

      Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or other hazardous liquid or gaseous materials.

      ORANGE

      Communications, cable TV, alarm or signal lines, cables, or conduits.

      BLUE

      Water, irrigation, and slurry lines.

      GREEN

      Sewers, storm sewer facilities, or other drain lines.

      WHITE

      Proposed excavation

      PINK

      Temporary survey markings.

      PURPLE

      Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines.

      24-Hour Outage & Emergency Hotline

      (503) 397-1844