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IAMU Supports National Safe Digging Month, Encourages 811 Calls for Utility Location

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

More than 40 percent of American homeowners who plan to plant a tree, landscape a yard, or install a fence or mailbox this spring likely will not make a required 811 call to have their underground utilities located before digging begins, according to a survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines.

Iowa law requires that any resident or professional excavator contact 811, or Iowa One Call, a minimum of two business days before digging to prevent serious injuries, service disruptions, and costly repairs that could occur when buried gas, electric, communications, water or sewer lines are damaged.

The CGA survey also found that nearly half of all Americans who plan to dig have no experience with the 811 process. Placing an 811 call or submitting information online to notifies operators with underground utility facilities of the intent to dig, and utility companies will respond within two business days by marking underground utilities with color-coded paint marks or flags that tell an excavator where utility lines are located.

In support of National Safe Digging Month throughout April, IAMU joins Common Ground Iowa and Iowa One Call in reminding Iowans to be safe and help protect underground utility lines by following these steps in advance of any digging projects:

  • Always call 811 at least 48 hours before digging, regardless of the project depth or familiarity with the property. Plan ahead by calling on Monday or Tuesday for weekend projects, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
  • Confirm that all lines have been marked before beginning a project and consider relocating any project that is close to utility line markings.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm that the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if utility lines aren’t marked.

Iowa’s One Call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more by visiting the Call 811 website for complete information.

Tags:  811  CGA  Iowa One Call 

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Iowa One Call 2019 Excavation Safety Awareness Program Meetings - Registration Open!

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Each year Iowa One Call travels the state to update excavators, locators and facility operators on one call requirements. The ESAP meetings are free of charge and lunch is provided.

This year we will provide an overview of Iowa One Call protocol, focus on the importance of communication lines, educate on private facilities, discuss best practices for communication between contractor and locating firms, and learn how to effectively use NextGen for accurate and timely locates.

*Please be sure to register for the location you plan to attend. Seating is limited. Registration and meal are free. Iowa One Call reserves the right to charge companies and individuals for the meal if they register and fail to attend the event.

A raffle drawing will follow the presentation.

Click here for more details and to register.

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Save the Dates: Iowa One Call Sets 2019 Excavation Safety Awareness Program Meetings

Posted By IAMU, Monday, November 12, 2018


Iowa One Call has set the meeting dates and locations for its 2019 Excavation Safety Awareness Program. Registration will open the end of November. When it does, IAMU will be sure to let you know through the Informer and our other communication channels.

Dates & Locations:

  • January 8 - Johnston – Stoney Creek Inn, 5291 Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston, IA 50131

  • January 10 - Ames – The Gateway Hotel – 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014

  • January 15 - Cedar Falls – Hilton Garden Inn – 7213 Nordic Dr, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

  • January 17 - Carroll – Carrollton Inn – 1730 US-71, Carroll, IA 51401

  • January 22 - Fort Dodge – Starlite Village Inn – 1518 3rd Ave NW, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

  • January 23 - Mason City – Music Man Square – 308 S Pennsylvania Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

  • January 29 - Council Bluffs – Grass Wagon – 110 S 29th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501

  • January 30 - Sioux City – Country Celebrations Event Center – 5606 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51108

  • January 31 - Spencer – Clay County Regional Events Center – 800 W 18th St, Spencer, IA 51301

  • February 5 - Creston – Supertel Inn & Convention Center – 800 Laurel St, Creston, IA 50801

  • February 7 - Ottumwa – Bridge View Center – 102 Church St, Ottumwa, IA 52501

  • February 14 - Cedar Rapids – Best Western Longbranch – 90 Twixt Town Road Northeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

  • February 20 - Decorah – Hotel Winneshiek – 104 E Water St. Decorah, IA 52101

  • February 21 - Dubuque – Grand River Center – 500 Bell St, Dubuque, IA 52001

  • February 26 - Riverside – Riverside Hotel and Casino – 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327

  • February 27 - Bettendorf – Quad Cities Convention Center – 2021 State St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

  • February 28 - Burlington – Pzazz Convention Center – 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington, IA 52601

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April is Safe Digging Month

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, March 29, 2018

In support of April as National Safe Digging Month, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities joins the Iowa Utilities Board, Common Ground Iowa, and Iowa One Call, in reminding Iowa communities to be safe, help protect underground utility lines, and always call 811 before any digging projects.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has also signed a proclamation inn support of safe digging practices in Iowa and proclaiming April as National Safe Digging Month.

Calling 811 is toll-free. Locating lines can save lives, prevent accidents to underground utility infrastructure, and avoid injuries, costly repairs, and fines.

Iowa law, Iowa Code chapter 480, Underground Facilities Information, requires that a resident or professional excavator contact Iowa One Call at 811 or 1-800-292-8989 at least two days before digging begins to mark the location of all utility lines. Iowa’s One Call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The following will occur once Iowa One Call is contacted:

  • Operators with underground utility facilities in the area where the excavation is planned are notified. This includes natural gas and electric power utilities, communications companies, water lines, and cities and towns.
  •  Within 48 hours after being contacted, utilities either mark their underground facilities with color-coded paint marks or flags, or tell the excavator they have no lines in the area.

If a contractor is performing the excavation work, a person should make sure the contractor calls Iowa One Call two days before excavating starts.

Tags:  811  CGI  Common Ground Iowa  Iowa One Call  IUB 

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Register Now for Iowa One Call's "Excavation Safety Awareness Program" Meetings

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Each year, Iowa One Call travels the state to update excavators, locators, and facility operators on one-call requirements. The Excavation Safety Awareness Program meetings are free, and lunch is provided. Registration is required. The first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9 in Johnston. For a schedule of dates and locations, and to register for a meeting, click here.

This year, Iowa One Call will provide an overview of its protocol, educate on private facilities, discuss best practices for communication between contractor and locate firms, and teach how to effectively use NextGen for accurate, timely locates.

Tags:  Iowa One Call  NextGen 

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