Have you ever heard of Marcus Maecilius Flavius Eparchius Avitus? Probably not. He was a short-lived Emperor of the Western Roman Empire from July of 455 to October of 456.
Not that it mattered much. The Western Roman Empire fell in 476, barely 20 years after he was deposed and tossed on the rubbish heap of history.
The point is, his impact was fleeting. Not so yours, when you reach out to 811 before you dig in Texas.
Every day, Texas811 fields between 12 and 15 thousand incoming locate requests from Texans preparing to dig in our state. Those Texans are making a lasting impact by preparing to continue building in a positive way without damaging our underground infrastructure.
Did you know that having a completed locate request prior to digging reduces the chance of striking something underground to less than 1%?
Among the things that Rome is remembered for are huge structures still with us today. The Colosseum, giant aqueducts such as the Pont Du Gard, and the Pantheon.
However, no one remembers the guy who slammed a pick-axe into the tiles at a Roman bath and let all the hot steam escape. (“Honestly, I thought the steam pipe was on the other side of the room!”)
According to the Common Ground Alliance, an underground facility is damaged every six minutes across the nation. Do you suppose the person who did it and cost his firm time and money is the hero, or is it instead the person who got in touch with 811 and waited to have underground facilities located before digging?
We’re here for you 24/7/365, on the phone or online through the Texas811 Portal.
Out of sight should never mean out of mind. At Texas811, we’re working hard to be your connection to safety.
Don’t forget that the International Utility Locate Rodeo is coming up Thursday – Saturday October 11 – 13.
Until next week, safe digging!