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Remember to dial 8-1-1 before digging

August 10, 2012
The Daily News

Saturday is Aug. 11 - or 8-11.

With that in mind, utility companies are issuing reminders to always call 8-1-1 before attempting any projects that require digging.

Most people are aware of the "8-1-1" system, but do not think it applies unless they are using some larger power digging equipment. The unfortunate result may be serious injuries and disruption of utility service to entire neighborhoods.

Calling the "8-1-1 Miss Dig Hotline" should be the first step before putting a shovel in the ground to plant trees, shrubs and flowers or working on any digging projects in the yard.

This also includes simply installing a roadside mailbox or digging postholes for a deck.

Knowing where utility lines are buried before each digging project helps protect those who dig from injury, expense and penalties and ensures the reliability of the system.

The 8-1-1 Miss Dig Hotline network is a part of a coordinated nationwide underground utility location system that is set up for everyone's safety.

To request assistance, either call the 8-1-1 Miss Dig Hotline or log on to In Wisconsin, call 8-11 or visit

Customers will be asked a few questions about their location and project. Specialists using sophisticated equipment will respond to the site and mark the location of all buried facilities (natural gas, electric, cable, telecommunications) on your property within a few working days.

We Energies, DTE Energy, Upper Peninsula Power Co. and Wisconsin Public Service are all part of the 8-1-1 system.

We Energies provides service to customers in portions of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, including much of the central U.P.

Upper Peninsula Power Company has about 7,000 miles of underground electric facilities and serves 52,000 electric customers in 118 communities. Its service area includes about two-thirds of the Upper Peninsula.

Wisconsin Public Service has nearly 7,800 miles of underground natural gas pipelines and 6,000 miles of underground electrical lines in the 19 counties of northeastern and north central Wisconsin and a small portion of the Upper Peninsula.

DTE Energy operates MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.



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