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Always Contact VA811 before You Dig. Allow required time for marking. Respect and protect the marks. And excavate carefully.

If you are planning to dig, be sure to contact 8-1-1 at least three days in advance (not counting weekends and holidays) to have underground utilities marked.

Be safe, not sorry. You are responsible for damage to underground lines if you do not contact 8-1-1 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 electric 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 ground.

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Are there flags or paint markings on your property that you did not request? VA811 provides you the ability to search their database to help determine why your property has been marked. Start your ticket search here...



What do the markings mean?

Utility color codes are used to identify existing underground utilities in construction areas with the intent of protecting them from damage during excavation.

This is done through flags or a special spray paint, neither of which will cause long-term harm to your lawn.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Uniform Color Codes for temporary marking of underground utilities are listed below:

RedRED: Electric power lines, cables, conduit, and lighting cables.

OrangeORANGE: Telecommunication, alarm or signal lines, cables, or conduit.

Yellow YELLOW: Natural gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or other gaseous or flammable material.

Green GREEN: Sewers and drain lines.


Blue BLUE: Potable (drinkable) water.


PurplePURPLE: Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines

White WHITE: Proposed excavation limits or route