Several underground utility stakeholders have joined forces to host a free 811 Day Block Party event Thurs. Aug. 11 at 221 W. Main St. in Carmel, Ind. next to the Monon Trail.
The 811 Day Block Party is open to the public, and includes interactive and educational activities. Guests will have chances to win free prizes, participate in giveaways, and enjoy desserts and refreshments.
There are millions of miles of utilities buried throughout the U.S. providing vital energy like water, electricity and natural gas. The block party event will serve as a fun and valuable reminder to always call before digging.
811 is the federally designated call before you dig number that helps homeowners and professionals avoid serious injury or utility damage.
The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.
Companies sponsoring the event include USIC, Vectren, Marathon Pipeline, IURC, IN811, Tallgrass, Miller Pipeline, SAMCO, Carmel Utilities, IPL, JDH, Badger Daylighting Corp, Citizens
Area residents are encouraged to visit www.Indiana811.org for more information about digging safety.