1 Know the Code Dig this: Utilities are marked in colors based on their type. • Arizona law defines excavating as “any operation in which earth, rock or other mate - Locators use the Uniform Color Code for Utility rial in the ground is moved, removed or other - Markings so utilities can always be identified by wise displaced by means or use of any tools, their specific color, whether they’re marked with equipment or explosives and includes, paint, flags or whiskers: without limitation, grading, trenching, digging, ditching, drilling, auguring, boring, Proposed excavation tunneling, scraping, cable or pipe plowing and driving.” Digging Temporary survey • Utility depth is not known or guaranteed. - Lines, pipes and cables often shift under Electric power ground. Facilities can be a few inches or for reason? any several feet below surface. Natural gas, oil, liquid fuels • If you strike an underground utility, stop You must contact Arizona 811 at least two full digging. Call the facility owner or operator Communications, fiber optics, directly. Do not try and repair damages! working days in advance so underground utilities cable TV If you dig up an unknown line, stop working • can be located and marked. in the immediate area. Call 811 so qualified Water and slurry lines It’s free. It’s easy. It’s the law. personnel can be sent to the site to determine if the line is active or abandoned. Reclaimed water • Utility marks are valid for 15 working days. If your project exceeds that timeframe, or if your Sanitary sewer systems marks disappear or are destroyed, contact Arizona 811 to have the marks refreshed. Marks must remain “visible and valid” for the The Two-Foot Rule (Tolerance Zone) duration of your project. hand dig within only Arizona law requires you to Never dig outside the boundaries of your ticket • two (2) feet of marked facilities. This area is known or move or destroy locate marks. Know what’s below. - as the Tolerance Zone and is off limits to mecha Facility owners and local municipalities mark • nized equipment. Even when digging with hand Call 811 or click Arizona811.com only what they own and operate up to the tools, use caution to prevent injuries and damag - point of sale, typically the meter. To have the before you dig. es to a facility. The law also requires you to “sup - lines you own marked, you’ll need to hire a port and protect” any underground facilities you private locating company. Arizona 811 cannot expose while digging until your project is complete. recommend private utility locators; consult the ARIZONA BLUE STAKE IS NOW ARIZONA 811 internet or Better Business Bureau.
2 Ticket and Dig Site Tips After You Contact Arizona 811 About Arizona 811 Unless otherwise specified to you, Arizona 811 was established as “Arizona Blue • When you contact Arizona 811, be ready to • Stake” in 1974 and changed its name to Arizona Arizona 811 will notify the utility owners and provide 1) the specific location of your dig site; operators in your area of your plans to dig. In 811 in 2014. It is the center you must contact 2) a job-site description; and 3) a telephone - before excavating in any response, each affected utility owner or opera number where locators can reach you or a tor (including municipal service providers) will way, anywhere in Arizona, field contact if they have questions or if they so underground utilities send a utility locator to your dig site to mark the cannot find or access your dig site. location of their underground lines, cables and (also called “facilities”) pipes,or inform you they have no facilities in can be marked. Knowing Mark out your dig site in white if possible. • the location of buried conflict with the dig site you identified. Provide the boundaries or radius of the area facilities is the simplest • Utility locators have two (2) full working days you’ll be digging in, or use white flags to and easiest way to pre - to respond. You cannot begin digging until all indicate your dig site. When marking out a dig of the locators have responded. vent accidental utility strikes, which keeps everyone site, do not use any color other than white (see Arizona 811 will provide you with a list of safe; protects the vital utilities we all rely on every all • reverse side for color code information). day; and protects the environment. Arizona 811 is utility owners and operators that could have facilities buried at your dig site. Do not dig a private, non-profit agency. Services are free and Provide physical access to the dig site for • until all of the utilities listed on your ticket have available statewide. Learn more at Arizona811.com. utility locators. Unlock gates, provide gate responded by putting marks on the ground codes and remove dogs or other pets from the (such as paint or flags); calling you; emailing Contacting Arizona 811 yard. If locators cannot access your dig site, you; or posting an online response. they will mark with the No Access • If you have not received responses from Hours of Operation: symbol—a circle with a slash through utilities listed on your ticket after two full all 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed weekends it. You’ll need to contact 811 again working days, or if you have questions about and state holidays to start the process over, adding two the marks, call 811. more working days to your project. To have utilities located before you dig: • 811 from anywhere in Arizona or Call Arizona Law to create a ticket online Arizona811.com • Go to • Calculate “two working days” correctly. 24/7/365 with E-Stake. Homeowners and con - Examples: If you plan to dig on Friday, tractors working at one residential address contact Arizona 811 the prior Tuesday. The two Arizona law (A.R.S. 40-360.21-31) says underground utilities must be marked before working days are Wednesday and Thursday. Or, Address can use the quick and easy Single type of excavation by anyone, including any if you plan to dig on Monday, contact Arizona Ticket tool online, any time. professional excavators, homeowners and 811 the prior Wednesday. The two working General contact information: anyone else whose work disrupts the sub-surface days are Thursday and Friday. Weekends and Phone: (602) 659-7500 of the earth. This law is enforced by the Arizona state holidays do not count as working days. Email: [email protected] Corporation Commission and is punishable by civil Web: www.Arizona811.com penalties of up to $5,000 per violation. You could Questions, comments or concerns? also be liable for repair and reimbursement costs For assistance, call 811 or email and possibly face legal action (see reverse side for the legal definition of excavation). [email protected] ARIZONA BLUE STAKE IS NOW ARIZONA 811 July 2015
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