811 Call Before You Dig

Colonial’s pipelines are buried underground, usually with a minimum of three feet of cover. Over time, however, erosion and human activities can change that depth. That’s why it’s important to always call 811 before you begin any digging project, no matter how large or small. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin only after making a call to 811.

Here’s how it works:

  • Dial 811  a few days prior to digging to notify your local one-call center of your intent to dig.

  • A representative from your local one-call center will ask for the location and description of your digging project.

  • Your local one-call center will then notify all affected utility companies, who will send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your underground lines.

Once lines have been properly marked, you can roll up your sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.

Call 811 before digging on your property to avoid hitting a pipeline or other buried utilities. It’s simple, it’s free, and it’s the law.


Call Before You Dig

Building a new fence or installing a swimming pool in your back yard? Is the local utility running new underground lines in your neighborhood? Be sure to call “8-1-1” before you dig near a pipeline right of way to prevent accidents and ensure safety.

Safety First

Colonial Pipeline Company is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across all of our operations. This philosophy is fundamental to the success of our business. Please visit our Safety & Environment page to learn more about our operating principles.