On my way in to work at Texas811 in Dallas this morning, I spotted my first Coca-Cola® Hybrid Electric delivery truck.
Coke has been rolling them out (no pun intended) to different markets across the nation for the past few years. According to an article on their website, “Alterna tive fuel vehicles—including electric and hybrid trucks—are a key component of The Coca-Cola Company’s Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection strategy in North America.”
Coke, by the way, is the world’s largest beverage company, with over 500 brands sold in over 200 countries.
So what does this have to do with Texas811?
It’s all about protecting the environment. Damaged pipes are almost always going to translate into spillage into the ground, or releasing toxins into the air. Natural gas, oil, petroleum products, waste water, raw sewage – you get the point. The Railroad Commission of Texas says there were over 9,000 underground “incidents” in our state last year. The leading cause is failure to call 811 prior to a dig to get underground infrastructure properly located.
Calling 811 prior to a dig couldn’t be easier. The phone call is FREE. The locate service is FREE. If that’s not enough, it’s also the LAW – not only in Texas, but everywhere in the United States.
Want more reasons? Texas is experiencing a pretty good drought. We need every drop of clean water we can get our hands on, and with growing season upon us, it’s even more important. Can we really afford to have water delivery lines cut through because someone didn’t take the time to call 811 and find out what’s below before firing up their excavator?
Take a look at this article in Southwest Farm Press: http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/water-conservation-simple-811 Water conservation is every bit as important as keeping toxins from flowing into the ground from a damaged pipe.
So – take a cue from Coke and other businesses who are actively working to make a positive impact on our environment. Dial 811 BEFORE you dig. And while you’re watching a locate team mark the position of those underground lines –
Have a Coke and rest easy that you’re doing YOUR part to help our Texas environment!