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Changes Wanted in Digging Rules

Oct. 28, 2011 at 11 p.m.

SAN ANTONIO (October 25, 2011)-SWCD directors attending their 71st Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors October 24-26 in San Antonio approved a resolution to seek legislation requiring all underground utility companies to be on the one-call number list (811 or 1-800-DIG-TESS).

"The purpose of the resolution concerns addressing potential safety and liability concerns that need to be addressed to not only avoid loss of life, but to prevent any disruption in services to the general public," said Edward Vajdak, vice-chairman of the Burleson County SWCD, sponsor of the resolution.

Vajdak explained that the Texas Utility Commission requires that property owners and contractors call 811 or 1-800-DIG-TESS at least two working days prior to construction when any excavation is more than 18 inches in depth to receive a confirmation number.

"As it stands now, the liability falls upon the property owner and the contractor to make certain that there are no underground utilities in the construction area because not all underground utilities are on the list to be contacted by 811 and DIG-TESS," said Vajdak.



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