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Diggers Hotline

Diggers Hotline is Wisconsin’s statewide one-call notification system that was developed in order to provide excavators and the general public the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of excavation with a single call.  Diggers Hotline is a not-for-profit independent company that processes information from excavators and the general public and passes that information on to affected utilities.  Diggers Hotline does not locate buried facilities in the field.  

Wisconsin Statute 182.0175 requires you to notify Diggers Hotline before you excavate, grade, trench, dig, drill, augur, tunnel, scrape, plow cable or pipe.  Excavation, according to the law, means anything that moves, removes or displaces earth rock or other material in or on the ground.

Calling Diggers Hotline to properly locate underground lines is crucial to protecting not only your safety, but the safety of your family, neighbors and the general public. Skipping this step is dangerous and costly.  

Locating is not an exact science and therefore, the actual location of the facility could vary from the position of the marks. Also, state law mandates an 18 inch buffer zone on each side of a marked facility.  No mechanized equipment can be used within this buffer zone; only hand digging is allowed.

Beginning in the third quarter of 2018, Diggers Hotline instituted an enforcement system for violators of the Wisconsin Statute.  A complaint can be made through the Diggers Hotline website where it will be reviewed by a panel of Diggers Hotline members to determine if there was probable cause that a violation of the law occurred, and whether they should require them to take an educational course or refer them to the Public Service Commission for an investigation.

Should the complaint be referred to the Commission then an investigation will be opened up to determine if there was an violation of the law and if there was, what if any, legal action or fine should it result in.

For more information or to file a complaint please visit their site at https://www.diggershotline.com/enforcement

To contact Diggers Hotline dial 811 or visit their website at http://diggershotline.com/

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