Ask anyone in real estate the most important thing about property, and they’ll tell you: location, location, location.
The same holds true in the 811 industry.
The two pictures above were both taken at the same Texas811 Regional Utility Locate Rodeo on Saturday May 9th at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The group picture is everyone who volunteered and competed in the event.
The other picture is – well, hang on. We’ll get to that in a moment.
For those who don’t know, locators are the men and women who find and mark the location of buried electrical, water, gas, cable and other lines. They are the ones who are responsible for correctly flagging or spray painting the ground above the lines so that safe excavation can take place. The professional locator is the middle link in the 811 triad: Call 811 to inform of intent to dig; locators are notified by utilities and mark line locations; safe digging commences.
Competitors in Saturday’s event worked to locate and identify gas, power, water and telecommunications lines as quickly and accurately as possible.
The four winners who will go on to represent Texas at the International Utility Locate Rodeo in Atlanta in June are: Gas- Robert Hurt, Heath Consultants; Water- Lee Roy Gonzales, HILCO Electric Co-op; Telecom- James Chaney, USIC, LLC; Power- Kevin Unger, Cox Utility Services, Inc. Our congratulations to them, and to all the competitors!
While calling 811 prior to a dig is the law in Texas – it’s also the right thing to do. As a non-profit entity responsible only to our nearly 1,500 members and not a corporate bottom line, Texas811 always prides itself on doing the right thing, which brings us back to the second picture above.
The folks in the dark blue scrubs are students at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. And yes, they were putting in hours on a Saturday. The Texas811 Swag’n was serving up hot dogs, hamburgers and snow cones to the locate rodeo participants and volunteers, and when the students took their break, it was the work of a moment to serve up the same to these future nurses.
That’s doing the right thing.