One underground utility line damaged every six minutes in U.S., Dominion Energy reports for National Safe Digging Month

(UI) – Citing the Common Ground Alliance, Dominion Energy reported a utility line is damaged every six minutes in the United States for National Safe Digging Month. 31% of these damages are caused by contractors and property owners who fail to contact 811 prior to breaking ground.

To prevent injuries, service outages and traffic disruptions, Virginia law requires contractors and property owners to contact 811 and allow at least two working days before excavation begins.

"National Safe Digging Month serves as a timely reminder for everyone to take advantage of this free service to protect themselves, their communities and the reliability of the power grid. Underground power lines play an important role in providing our customers the reliable energy they count on to power their homes and businesses every day," said Sylvia White, Director of Electric Distribution Operations Centers for Dominion Energy Virginia. "Safeguarding our underground utilities is our No. 1 priority, with third-party damage posing the biggest threat."


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