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Day reminds residents about Diggers Hotline
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NEW BERLIN - Gov. Scott Walker recently declared Aug. 11 as "Diggers Hotline 811 Day" throughout the state of Wisconsin. The date, the 11th day in the 8th month, serves as a reminder about the importance of dialing 811 before doing any digging.

"Any type of digging that doesn't include a call to Diggers Hotline is a risky gamble," Chad Krueger, Public Relations Manager at Diggers Hotline, said in a release. "We're happy that Gov. Walker has recognized the importance of dialing 811 before every excavation, and hope that all Wisconsin residents will call before digging."

Contacting Diggers Hotline will help ensure that the location of buried utility lines is marked before excavation begins, he said. Diggers Hotline takes the information about the dig site and passes it on to the appropriate utility companies. Those companies then send out professional field locators who mark the approximate location of buried lines with paint and flags.

Filing a free request with Diggers Hotline by either dialing 811 or (800) 242-8511, or online at is required by state law at least three working days before every digging project. Projects such as planting trees or shrubs, building a deck or installing a mailbox all require contacting Diggers Hotline.

For more state information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process, visit