Apr 7, 2016
(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Spring has sprung; and as the season’s warm temperatures create opportunities for outdoor projects that call for digging into the ground, Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company urge area residents to remember three crucial numbers: 8-1-1.
The Federal Communication Commission’s designated call-before-you-dig number, 811, identifies buried lines that could be damaged as a result of excavation work. As part of April’s “National Safe Digging Month,” LG&E and KU remind customers to use the Kentucky 811 service before beginning excavation projects, small or large.
Whether it’s a homeowner or contractor, and whether installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck or laying a patio – Kentucky law requires all excavators to contact operators of underground utilities before performing any excavation work.
New this year, residents can also request Kentucky 811 service through its new online option “811Now.” The option provides an online form to request underground facility markings at a single address.
According to Common Ground Alliance, a national organization focused on protecting underground utilities across the country, an underground utility line is damaged every eight minutes because someone decided to dig without contacting 8-1-1 first.
How to use Kentucky 811:
LG&E is a Kentucky 811 member utility in all of the areas it serves. KU is a Kentucky 811 member only in certain areas of its service territory.
LG&E customers should contact 8-1-1 before they dig. KU customers can visit the company’s website to see if they need to call 8-1-1 or KU directly based on their location.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 400,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. KU serves 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.