INDIANA – In recognition of National Safe Digging Month in April, Duke Energy is reminding their customers and communities to call 811 before digging to protect the nation’s underground utility infrastructure, prevent potential personal injury and avoid electric outages.
The national “811 Call Before You Dig” system is a free service and was created for anyone who plans to dig. Please call to have underground utility lines clearly marked. Contractors, homeowners, business owners, and anyone preparing for an excavation project should call 811 at least three business days before digging begins. The local utilities will send a crew to mark underground lines in the area (electric, natural gas, water, sewer, phone, cable TV, and others) with stakes, flags or paint.
Last year, Duke Energy reported more than 400 cuts to underground electric lines in Indiana.
In late 2021, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a national organization helping to prevent damage to underground infrastructure and utilities, issued a report stating that an estimated 468,000 excavation-related damages to underground facilities occurred nationwide in 2020, a 12% increase when compared to the 2019 estimate of 532,000 damages. The data continues to highlight the failure to call 811 as the single largest individual root cause, contributing to 32% of damages.
For additional information about 811, visit Call 811 Before You Dig or see our story on illumination: Call 811 before you start digging. Please contact the 811 center, by dialing 811 or visit call811.com.
Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,300 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 870,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.