Meridian was recently named one of the top 10 cities in Mississippi where people call 811 for assistance in marking buried lines for safe digging. The public works department received an award for its commitment to calling this number before starting digging projects.
“Atmos energy partnered with the Mississippi damage prevention council and the Mississippi 811 team in recognizing the Meridian public works department for their commitment and diligence to the safety of the community. So we awarded them with a certificate and recognized them today at the city council meeting.”
Waters explains that not marking utility lines can be a serious threat to public safety.
“If you damage a utility line, whether it’s your water, your water service could be disconnected. If it’s a gas line, there can be a gas leak. Whether it’s an electrical line or cables, you can disrupt service not only for yourself but possibly for your neighbors and the community itself.”
A call to 811 can prevent damage to underground utilities and keep families and businesses safe.
“If you call 2 to 3 business days prior to starting the work someone will come out, mark the lines, and have you taken care of so you can start your work.”
The community may be familiar with what the markings look like.
“If you see paint on the streets, sometimes it’s blue, yellow, and other colors, that’s indication that there’s work about to take place, excavation is going to take place. And the utility companies have already marked those lines so that the homeowner or the municipalities can begin service.”
People are encouraged to call 811 before all excavations on public or private property. They can call the number at any time free of charge.