August 11 is National 811 Day
Angie Townsend

GASTONIA, N.C., (Aug. 10, 2011)
– Whether it’s a do-it-yourself project or requires a professional, call 811 before any digging work begins on your property – to ensure your safety and prevent service disruption.

Call 811 when:
  • Installing a mailbox
  • Excavating a new garden area
  • Putting in a fence
  • Installing an irrigation system
  • Planting trees or shrubbery
  • Grading
  • Building a patio or deck
  • Installing a pool

811 is the national "call before you dig" number. In North Carolina, 811 calls are handled by the NC 811, a non-profit organization. At no cost to the homeowner, NC 811 distributes each locate request to the appropriate member utilities who send out a representative to locate and mark their company’s buried lines using color-coded paint or flags.

  • Yellow: natural gas or petroleum pipeline
  • Red: electric
  • Orange: communications or telephone/CATV
  • Blue: potable water
  • Green: sewer or drainage
  • White: pre-mark site of intended excavation

But don’t wait until the last minute. In North Carolina, utilities have two business days following the day a locate request is received to mark their underground facilities.

For more information about digging safely around underground gas lines, visit, and for more information about NC 811, visit
PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to more than 480,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas I n the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company's Web site at
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