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Gov. Kemp Proclaims April Georgia Safe Digging Month

Georgia 811 reminds residents to contact 811 before all digging projects

[Duluth, GA] (April 3, 2023) —Governor Brian Kemp met with safe digging stakeholders to issue a proclamation announcing April 2023 as Safe Digging Month in Georgia. As April marks the start of spring digging season, Georgia 811 and Governor Kemp are encouraging homeowners to contact 811 before they dig. A recent national survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance revealed that 74% of U.S. homeowners plan to dig on their property this year. Of those who are planning projects, more than 49.3 million Americans will put themselves and their communities at risk by not contacting 811 before digging.

Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, inconvenient service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged. Making a free request to Georgia 811 (online at  or by dialing 811) before digging will help homeowners maintain essential utility service for themselves and neighbors and keep communities safe by reducing the likelihood of accidentally digging into buried utility lines.

When calling 811, homeowners are connected to Georgia 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.

We join the governor in strongly encouraging individuals and professionals to contact 811 before they begin digging,” said Meghan Rafinski, Georgia 811’s President & CEO. “Having underground lines marked is an important decision that can help keep Georgia safe and connected.”

Visit for more information about Safe Digging Month and the call-before-you-dig process.

Photography: Kelly H Photography. 1st Row: Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Rep. Rey Martinez, Rep. Vance Smith, First Lady of Georgia Marty Kemp, Gov. Kemp, Commissioner Tricia Pridemore, Meghan Rafinski (Georgia 811), Vicki Temple (Civil Site Services) 2nd Row: Jim Laplander (City of Savannah Water & Sewer, Georgia 811 Board Chairman), Commissioner Fitz Johnson, Shannon Palmiter (Georgia 811), Chad Zeis (Gunter Construction) 3rd Row: PSC Liaison Pat Wingo (Georgia 811), Jefferson Dominguez (Jefferson Wallcovering & Construction Inc., GHCA Board) 4th Row: Julia Ayers (Comcast), Reece McAlister (PSC), Josh Kennedy (Colonial), Mark Woodall (AGC Georgia), Rhonda Chatham (GTBA), Roy Rogers (Blount Construction) 5th Row: Brian Gilliam (Georgia 811) Brendan Cote (Georgia 811), Rick Bell (Georgia 811), Joey Martin (E.R. Snell), Amy Averill (Comcast), Megan Estes (Georgia 811), Rachel Williams (GPC, Georgia 811 Board), Will Culbreath (PSC)


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