Town Supervisor John Venditto urges residents and contractors alike to first dial ‘811’ when planning any underground digging activity, so the proper utilities could be notified to mark out their line locations. The number ‘811’ is run by New York 811, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting our underground infrastructure, which is some of the most vast, complicated, and congested in the nation.

“Established in 1990, New York 811 acts as a dedicated communications link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity,” Supervisor Venditto said.  “The Town is happy to partner with New York 811 to promote awareness that April is Safe Digging Month.  By working with the dedicated professionals at New York 811, residents will be able to prevent any unnecessary damage to underground utility lines in our region, including cable television, natural gas, electric, water, sewer, and telecommunications.”

In addition to its role before digging has commenced, New York 811 also spends significant time in outreach efforts to promote safe digging practices through awareness and public education.

The Supervisor noted that by law, excavators and contractors working within the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties must contact New York 811 at least 48 hours prior to any mechanized digging or excavation work, to ensure that underground utility lines are marked.

For more information about New York 811, call 1-800-272-4480, simply dial 811, or visit their website at www.newyork-811.com.