Consumers Energy Reminds Everyone to Call 811 Before Digging
With summer outdoor projects still in full swing, this Saturday August 11th or 8-11, serves as a reminder for Michiganders to contact 811 before digging.
Every hour in the U.S., more than six buried utilities are damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811.
Through June, there have been 961 reports of damages to Consumers Energy underground facilities, 125 of which were caused by homeowners.
In 85 percent of these incidents, Consumers says homeowners did not contact MISS DIG 811.
Those planning digging projects should contact 811 or submit an online locate request at MISSDIG811.org.
Utilities will then mark the requested digging site with flags, spray paint, or both to show the approximate location of underground lines.
Consumers also says the service is free of charge.