Potential Hazards of Underground Utilities and How to Dig Safely

DCEC urges Members to know before you Dig!

Don’t make that judgment call, instead make two calls:

1.)    Dig Safely New York Call 811 before you dig.

2.)    Call DCEC because secondary lines are not listed with Dig Safely New York. DCEC crews are able to locate underground for members upon request. Please call (607) 746-2341 to confirm if your service location has underground and the proper safety procedures.

There are potential hidden dangers, and the Co-op urges Members to please call and don’t make assumptions whether or not their service location has underground. Every digging job requires a call - even "small" projects like planting trees and shrubs, installing mailboxes, hiring a contractor or landscaper to do a digging project. Failure to identify location of underground utilities can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which can lead to service disruptions, serious injuries or even death, and costly repairs and fines.

Below is an example of an underground service: