JULIE, Inc. Reminds Homeowners to Call 811
The City of West Chicago has learned that this April marks the eighth annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding homeowners and professional excavators in Illinois to call JULIE, Inc. (JULIE) at 811 before every digging project this spring, regardless of the size or depth. This is a free call and service.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to JULIE, Inc., the Illinois One-Call System, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that require a call to JULIE.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
JULIE encourages Illinois residents to visit www.illinois1call.com for more information about digging safely.