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April marks the 9th Annual National Safe Digging Month, reminding homeowners and professional excavators in Illinois to call JULIE, Inc. (JULIE) at 811 before every digging project this spring, regardless of the size or depth. This is a free call and service for homeowners, farmers, ranchers, and businesses across the country.  Click here to call any of the One Call Centers in the eight states that INTREN is working: California USANorth811, Illinois1Call, IowaOneCall, Ohio Utilities Protection Service, MissouriOneCallSystem, Pennsylvania811, and Wisconsin Diggers Hotline.

Calling 811 is the most important step when planning to dig anywhere in the United States.  Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.  Call 811 at a few days before you start any digging project.  Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.

Striking a single line can cause personal injury, environmental or property damage, repair costs and inconvenient outages. According to state law, every digging project, no matter how large or small, requires a call to 811. Planting a tree or shrub, installing a mailbox and building a deck are all examples of projects that require a call to 811. This is a free call and service.

Illinois’ JULIE, Inc. (Julie) is promoting National Safe Digging Month activities throughout the month of April.  In addition to the seeing information on their website at, residents should be on the look-out for 811 banners and "Call Before You Dig" messages on fire department signs and other venues across the state.

Illinois’ JULIE's call center agents are available to receive and process requests 24 hours a day, seven days a week. E-Request is also a convenient option for homeowners who prefer to enter their own locate requests via

Based in Joliet, the not-for-profit organization Illinois’ JULIE, Inc. represents more than 1,880 members.  For an explanation of the color-code markings and more information, visit or follow "JULIE1call" on Facebook and Twitter.