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Posted on: October 31, 2019

What is 811?

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Why contact Georgia 811?

  • For Safety's Sake! Hitting an underground utility line while digging can cause damage to the environment and/or serious personal injuries.
  • Convenience: Failure to contact Georgia 811 can result in disrupted service to an entire neighborhood and potentially incur fines and repair costs.
  • It's free: Georgia 811 exists to prevent utility and safety emergencies, and it's a free service!
  • It's the law:  Please visit the Georgia Public Service Commission's web site for more information on Georgia's "Dig Law", the Georgia Facilities Protection Act.

When should someone contact 811?

Do-it-yourselfers and contractors should reach 811 at least two business days before ANY digging project.

A few common examples include but are not limited to:

  • Installing a fence
  • planting trees or shrubbery
  • Installing a sprinkler system
  • Pool installation
  • Installing a mailbox
  • Grading, boring or trenching



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