Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Respect the Marks

Every digging project requires a call to 811. Calling 811 a few days prior to digging gives utility and cable companies time to mark and protect their lines.

Just call 8-1-1. A representative will take your address and the location on your property where you plan to dig. The affected utility companies will be notified and send a professional locator to the digging site to mark the approximate location of the underground lines. Sometimes, just by looking at maps, they'll be able to tell it is safe to dig and you'll receive an email telling you no marking is necessary and you can begin your project.

If lines are marked, you should respect the marks and dig carefully around them.

Have lines remarked for each separate project. A foot one way or another can make a difference.

Even if you have hired a contractor, make sure they called 8-1-1 before beginning your project. Ask them. Ask to see the all-clear email if no one has come out to mark lines.

There are more than 170,000 unintentional hits of underground lines annually across the country, and one out of every three of those incidents are the result of not calling 811. Hitting an underground utility line can cause serious injuries, disrupt service to entire neighborhoods, and potentially result in fines and repair costs to you.

Visit www.va811.com for more information

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stormwater Utility Participates in Chesapeake Bay Meeting

The city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities' (DPU) Stormwater team exhibited at the Chesapeake Bay Executive Meeting, July 11, at Maymont Nature Center. The governors from the states surrounding the bay were there, including Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, as well as representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency.

DPU gave away pet waste doggy bags, dog bones with a stormwater message attached, and information on polluted stormwater runoff, and explained how the city is taking a pro-active approach to educate the public about pet waste management and its stormwater programs.

News coming out of the meeting was that the Bay jurisdictions are generally on track to meet their pollution reduction goals. Restoring the Bay will come at significant cost, but those costs will be spread over 15 years.