On June 18th in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte met his Waterloo. Literally. The Battle of Waterloo was fought in what is now Belgium and ended the period of history known as the Napoleonic Wars. The failed emperor was shipped off to spend the remaining years of his life a prisoner on the tiny island of St. Helena.
We use the term “Waterloo” to define something that is a disaster, as in “he/she met their Waterloo.”
At Texas811, we don’t want you to ever have to use that word.
Every nine minutes, all across our nation, someone meets their Waterloo by striking a buried utility. Every. Nine. Minutes. I’ll do the math for you. There are 1440 minutes in a 24 hour day. 1440 ÷ 9 = 160. 160 hits on buried infrastructure every single day. Over a year, that’s 58,400.
That’s a LOT of Waterloos. To which some may reply, “out of sight, out of mind.”
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can prevent being a part of that disaster just by contacting 811 before you dig. Completing a locate request and having lines marked by underground utility locators drops your chances of striking anything you shouldn’t to less than one percent.
You can call us at 811, or get us online at the Texas811 Portal, here. Either way, we’re available 24/7/365. And we’re your connection to safety.
Remember, the 811 service is free, and it’s the law.
You don’t want to be Napoleon. And face it, his hat probably wouldn’t look all that good on you, anyway. (Besides, the military hat belonging to Napoleon, said to have been salvaged from the battlefield after his 1815 defeat at Waterloo, has been sold at auction today, June 18, for $325,000).
Always reach out to 811 before breaking ground. An army of utility locators are standing by to help you win your battle.
Until next week, safe digging!