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Saturday, July 2, 2022

The utility spoke about the dangers of underground pipelines

PICO RIVERA — On Wednesday, June 22, SoCalGas officials issued a notice warning people digging underground to beware of underground pipelines.

Officials held a demonstration in Pico Rivera to warn people planning to build or even just landscaping a yard to take precautions to avoid hitting pipelines while digging.

The consequences range from serious injury to property damage and shutdown of utilities, the official said.

The reason is that pipelines are located so deceptively close: under streets, sidewalks, private property and can be only a few inches from the surface.

If you are planning to work, officials have urged customers to call the Underground Alert Service on 811 at least two business days before excavation begins. The service is coordinating with SoCalGas and other utility owners in the area to mark the location of utility-owned underground lines.

Underground Service Alert is available from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays).

Here are some tips from SoCalGas “before you dig”:

– Mark the planned excavation site with white paint or other suitable boundaries;

– Call the Underground Alert Service on 811 between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays) or submit an online location request at call811.com at least two business days before excavation;

– Wait until the utility has marked their pipelines and specified the material and diameter of the pipe, or until the utility reports that the site is free before you start digging;

– SoCalGas only uses yellow paint, flags or stakes to mark the location of its gas pipelines. Other utility owners use other colors to represent their telephone, communications, water or other underground lines; as well as

– Officials recommend using only hand tools within 24 inches of each marked utility line to carefully determine the exact location of all lines before using any earthmoving equipment in the area.

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