Virginia 811 (formerly Miss Utility)

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Always Call 811 before You Dig. Allow required time for marking. Respect and protect
the marks. And excavate carefully.

If you are planning to dig in your yard, be sure to call 8-1-1 (formerly 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 VA811 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.

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Ticket Search can be used to find VA811 (Miss Utility of Virginia) ticket information. It can be used by:

• Excavators who have misplaced their ticket number or ticket information

• Homeowners who are trying to figure out why there are utility paint markings in their yard.

• 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