Safety Matters

Whether you're trenching in a field, planting a tree or digging a foundation, Iowa and Missouri law requires everyone to locate underground utilities before digging.  If you are planning on excavating, please call the corresponding number below.

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In Iowa: 1-800-292-8989

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In Missouri: 1-800-344-7483

Why should you call before you dig?

       1. IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE! Many things lie buried beneath the ground. Power lines and gas lines are two of the most deadly.

       2. IT COULD SAVE YOUR PROPERTY! Fire or explosion from a damaged gas line, erosion from a broken water line, disease from a broken sewer line, or simply the inconvenience of losing your phone or cable TV service due to a cut line.

       3. IT COULD SAVE YOU MONEY! It doesn't cost anything to call in a locate request. With one quick telephone call, all utitlities in your area will be notified to come and mark the location of their lines. However, if you damage a utility line and did NOT call for a locate, you may be liable for up to three times the actual amount of the damage. Some high-capacity telephone lines carry up to one million dollars per minute in calls!

       4. IT'S THE LAW!