Call Before You DigEven though the weather is still pretty chilly, many Nebraskans are already looking forward to their upcoming outdoor spring projects.  Before these plans get underway, we’re taking a moment to remind our customers to call before they start any digging projects this year.

Digging projects include lawn installation projects such as building a new fence, putting in an underground pool, planting new trees, or adding a fountain.  Any project that requires you to dig more than 6 inches into the ground should start with a call to 811.  (That means most gardening projects should be fine!)

The Digger’s Hotline keeps track of the many electrical wires, Internet Cable, sewer lines and other wires that run underneath your city.  These pipes and wires can run under city streets, businesses, parks, and your home.  While we here at Great Plains Communications traditionally bury our Internet, Cable, and Phone wires at least 6 ft. underground, some cable may be placed as little as 6 in. underground.  Thus we encourage all customers to check with the hotline even if you don’t think that your digging project is very extensive.

In addition to the easy-to-remember 811 phone number, the Digger’s Hotline also has a website at  There you can find information about digging projects, upcoming events, new laws and a helpful handbook.

Remember that it’s your duty to call before you start a project and if you do damage any pipes or wires, you may be liable.  Protect yourself and your neighbors and always call first!

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