I was at a flea market over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Besides the usual used tools, velvet paintings of Elvis and other such treasures, one gentleman was selling a box of tiny parts. When I enquired, he said they used to be a clock.
Some assembly required, apparently.
That got me thinking about the 811 system. Contractors, excavators and others who regularly use the system (and over three million locate requests were made to us at Texas811 last year) may take it for granted at how easily it works. One locate request, made for free, provides underground utility locators who come out and mark the utilities buried in the immediate vicinity of your dig – also for free. It works so well because we have over 1700 members in Texas. They range from the mega corporations to universities to small town municipalities, but they all have one common goal.
Protecting our vast Texas underground infrastructure.
Getting back to the box of clock parts, if someone was to assemble that collection of gears, springs, tiny screws and other items, and if nothing was missing, in theory they’d have a working clock.
That’s kind of the way it was before the one-call system came into being. An excavator had to call, individually, every utility he could think of that might be where he was planning to dig. The effort was time-consuming, frustrating and not all together accurate.
Now, one call truly does it all. Calling 811 before you dig brings into play a small army of underground utility locators, resulting in the multi-colored marker flags and spray paint lines we’re so familiar with today.
Making the call to 811 also reduces your chances of an incident to less than one percent. You won’t get better odds than that anywhere in the world!
At Texas811, we’re open for your locate requests 24/7/365. You can always speak with a live agent, or if you prefer, enter your requests on line.
If you prefer Spanish, we have over 40 bilingual agents, too.
Make the call to 811. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s free, and it’s the law.
And it’s much easier than building your own clock from a box of parts.
Until next week, safe digging!