Governor Kemp Proclaims April As Georgia Safe Digging Month

Georgia 811 reminds local residents to contact 811 before all digging projects

 
[Duluth, GA] (April 1, 2022) — Governor Brian Kemp met with safe digging stakeholders to issue a proclamation announcing April 2022 as Safe Digging Month in Georgia. As April marks the start of spring digging season, Georgia 811 and Governor Kemp are encouraging homeowners to contact 811 before they dig. A recent national survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance revealed that nearly six-in-ten U.S. homeowners (58%) reported experiencing a utility service interruption during the last 12 months. In addition, 49% of U.S. homeowners who plan to dig this year will put themselves and their communities at risk by digging without contacting 811 beforehand to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.
 
Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, inconvenient service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged. Making a free request to Georgia 811 (online at www.Georgia811.com  or by dialing 811) before digging will help homeowners maintain essential utility service for themselves and neighbors and keep communities safe by reducing the likelihood of accidentally digging into buried utility lines.
 
When calling 811, homeowners are connected to Georgia 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.
 
“We join the governor in strongly encouraging individuals and companies to contact 811 before they begin digging,” said Meghan Wade, Georgia 811’s President & CEO. “By having underground lines marked, homeowners are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”
 
Visit www.Georgia811.com for more information about Safe Digging Month and the call-before-you-dig process.
 
 

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: KELLY H PHOTOGRAPHY. 1st Row: Brian Gilliam (Georgia 811), Senator Lindsey Tippens, Meghan Wade (Georgia 811), Governor Brian Kemp, PSC Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Representative Vance Smith, PSC Commissioner Fitz Johnson, Mark Reida (Cobb County) 2nd Row: Rob Holbrook (Cobb County), Kirk King (Diverse Power), Frankie Rigdon (Ellijay Telephone Company), Pat Wingo (Georgia 811 PSC Liaison), Meredith Weaver (Georgia Utility Coordinating Council Lobbyist), Michelle Thebert (Public Service Commission) 3rd Row: Megan Estes (Georgia 811), Rhonda Chatham (Georgia Telephone Association), Stanka Andonova (Southern Company Gas), Daphne Jones (PSC), Mark Woodall (Georgia Association of General Contractors), Scott Brumbelow (Georgia Utility Contractors Association), Roy Rogers (Blount Construction) 4th Row: Gabriela Matute (Georgia Hispanic Construction Association), Michael Wall (Comcast), Stephen Loftin (USIC Lobbyist), Carroll Millsaps (Georgia Utility Coordinating Council/Georgia Power), Jessie Husband (Colonial Pipeline), Rick Lonn (Southern Company Gas), Chad Zeis (Gunter Construction) 5th Row: Brandy Kitchel (Georgia Power), Artie Buff (PHMSA), Rick Slagle (Southern Company Gas), Will Culbreath (Public Service Commission), Terry Pritchett (PSC)