CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Clarksville Gas & Water is excited to recognize National 811 Day on Aug. 11 or 8/11 on the calendar! This date serves as a natural reminder to always call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked and help prevent damaging vital infrastructure.
Gas & Water has partnered with Tennessee 811, advance notification service, to heighten awareness about the importance of marking underground utility lines by illuminating landmarks across the state! In Clarksville, the F&M Bank Arena, RJ Corman Railroad Cumberland River Bridge and the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will light their facilities in blue and green colors used to mark underground utility lines.
When calling 811, homeowners and contractors reach a Tennessee 811 dispatcher who notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Make an online request at www.tenn811.com. Professional locators then arrive at the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both, to help you avoid damaging a line.
Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, inconvenient outages and fines. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants contacting 811 by phone or online. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are just some examples of digging projects that require a free 811 request at least three days before breaking ground.
“I appreciate our friends at F&M Bank Arena, R.J. Corman Railroad and the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center for joining our effort to heighten community awareness about calling 811 before digging,” said Mark Riggins, Gas & Water General Manager. “Calling 811 first demonstrates your commitment to damage prevention and disruption of vital utility service keeping us safe and connected.”
Gas & Water invites the community to visit its customer service centers at 2215 Madison. St. or 111 Cunningham Ln. to learn more about safe digging practices or go online at www.clarksvillegw.com, www.call811.com or www.tn811.com.
ABOUT TENNESSEE 811
Tennessee 811 is a non-profit Tennessee corporation established in 1983, whose mission is to act as an advance notification service to operators of underground facilities anywhere within the state. Tennessee 811 is governed by a Board of Directors and an Operating Committee. Tennessee 811 is the only such service in Tennessee and is recognized as the official 811 service for Tennessee.