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Shovel on dirt Mar. 28, 2024

Practice safe digging; call 811 first

April is a great time to start outdoor projects. It’s also Safe Digging Month. Remember to practice safe digging by contacting Arkansas 811 first by phone, online at or through the Arkansas 811 app. Each method is free and available at all times. 

Whether you’re planting a tree, building a fence or doing any other digging, you are required by law to contact Arkansas 811 before you begin. Contact the service at least two days before you plan to dig, and mark the desired excavation area with white spray paint.

After your request is submitted, buried lines will be located and marked in a designated color. Underground electric lines are marked with red paint or flags. Any utility lines behind the meter belong to the property owner and will not be marked.

After the lines are marked, use safe digging methods to dig outside of the indicated markings. 

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