Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? Want to avoid spending a day in the dark?
811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project.

811 Call Before You Dig

Dial 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Tell the operator where you're planning to dig, what type of work you will be doing and your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days, they'll send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables, so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely.

For more information on your local One Call Center, or to make an online request for utilities to be marked use the below or call: 811 or 1-888-721-7877.


Information About Excavation Safety

South Carolina State Law

The South Carolina STATE LAW requires that excavators give a 72-Hour notice, (3 working days excluding weekends and holidays), for the locators to get out to mark the area. After a ticket has been processed, you will know when you are legally free to proceed with the digging work and which utilities in the area P.U.P.S. will be notifying for you. Any utilities that P.U.P.S. does not notify, you will be responsible for notifying directly. The Utility Companies ask that you leave a 2 1/2 feet margin on each side of a marked utility line. Also note that your request is good for 15 working days after it has been processed by our system.

Colors of the Paint and Flags Used for Locating Utility Lines

  Red   Electric
  Orange   Communications, Telephone/CATV
  Blue   Potable Water
   Green   Sewer/Drainage
  Yellow   Gas/Petroleum Pipe Line
  Purple   Reclaimed Water
  White   Proposed Excavation Limits or Route