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If you’re planning on digging in your yard, you are now required to use a special tool… your telephone

Even digging that seems harmless can be dangerous to you or your family and cause serious damage to underground facilities.

To reduce these risks, the Texas on-call notification system went into effect on October 1, 1998. A new state law requires anyone digging or excavating with machine-powered equipment to a depth of more than 16 inches to call a notification center two days before digging begins. The center will notify appropriate personnel to mark the locations of underground lines, pipes and other facilities.

To report any planned digging, call 1-800-545-6005.

For more information on the law (HB 2295), including exemptions, visit the Texas legislature website at

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