New “Call Before You Dig” rules go into effect

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West Virginia has had a law requiring people to call 811 before digging for a while, but in 2018 there are new rules.  The West Virginia Legislature made changes (SB631) in the West Virginia Damage Prevention Law. and the One Call (811) system.

According to the Public Service Commission, anyone, including excavators, contractors or homeowners can face civil penalties if they don’t call 811 at least two days before they begin digging.  Penalties range from being required to complete a training course, to a $5,000 fine.

The change to the law also establishes an Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board.  The group has the authority to investigate damage to underground facilities and the recommend actions for violators of the One Call law.  The change in the legislation also eliminated an exemption for privately-owned water companies.

The One Call Service is free.  More information can be found at the Public Service Commission’s website.

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