Think before you dig—it's the law!
Did you know that according to the Code of Virginia, underground utility lines must be installed at depths that are "in accordance with accepted industry standards?"
Even if you know the date of installation of an underground utility, there is no guarantee that the line will be at a standard depth. On new construction, the final grade of a new lawn may change as construction crews move dirt that covers the utilities. For this reason, Virginia law requires that excavators use care when excavating near marked utilities.
And excavators aren't the only ones who should use care. If you are planning to dig in your yard, be sure to call Miss Utility at least three days in advance (not counting weekends and holidays) to have your underground utilities marked. Be safe, not sorry. You are responsible for damage to underground lines if you do not call Miss Utility before you dig. Miss Utility can now be reached simply by dialing 8-1-1. (The previous Virginia Miss Utility number, 800-552-7001 will also continue to work.)
If you discover while hand digging near a marked underground line that it is too shallow, please contact REC at 1-800-552-3904 so that we may address the situation. REC maintains our power lines at a depth of at least 24 inches below the surface.