A Safety Message from the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department

April is National Safe Digging Month


Utility locator identifying buried utilities u...

Utility locator identifying buried utilities using ground penetrating radar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Getting ready to do an outdoor project that involves digging? Before starting that project, before putting a shovel to dirt, learn about and practice safe digging.


Utilities may be buried only a few inches underground making them easy to hit even during shallow digging projects. When utility lines are hit, injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages can result in the responsible party being held financially responsible. To safeguard your family, your property, your community, the availability and reliability of utilities, CALL 811 (Arizona Blue Stake) AT LEAST TWO BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE EVERY DIGGING PROJECT-IT’S FREE AND IT’S THE LAW!


Failure to call 811 before digging results in an estimated 40% of all U.S. digging damages. Digging safely is easy: call 811 before you dig, wait for utilities to be located and marked, know your responsibilities for customer-owned facilities, respect the marked lines by making sure you can see them throughout the course of the project, and always dig with care around the marks.


Save time and money, keep your family and our neighborhood’s safe, and help to avoid disruptions to utility services. Safe digging is everyone’s responsibility. Do your part. Know what’s below, call 811 before you dig. Visit www.mesaaz.gov/energy for more information.



About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on April 1, 2012, in From Mesa Gas and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great article and a powerful reminder. Many people at home or even at small business and industrial sites fail to call 811 for even the most simple of excavations (mailbox installation comes to mind). Another issue that needs to be raised is that in many cases, a private utility locator may need to be brought in to finish marking utilities once they leave the public domain and enter private property. Often the public mark-out isn’t enough. I work for a company (http://www.u-survey.com) that does full service utility location. We’re not in the Southwest area but I know there are private utility locators out there as well.

    Just something to keep in mind :0)


    Utility Survey Corp.

  2. Great advice about calling 811 before you dig. hopefully awareness will grow about 811 and more people will utilize it prior to digging.

  3. That’s a great point Shawn! I work for http://www.masterlocators.com in the Philadelphia area and there are alot ofprivate utilities here. I have a friend who moved back to Arizona and works for a private locating company out there.

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