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SUEZ WATER Press Release

April 04, 2018

"SUEZ REMINDS CUSTOMERS ABOUT NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH" 

Safety of Residents and Communities is Priority as Spring Projects Begin 

SUEZ today announced the importance of April as "Safe Digging Month," ensuring the safety of residential and business customers, employees and the communities served by the company. 

The federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, 811, was created to help protect homeowners, contractors and utilities from accidentally striking underground utility lines while working on digging projects. 

"Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities such as water mains or buried electrical wires increases the likelihood of unintentional rupture, which can cause severe injuries as well as generate major service interruptions," said Jim Mastrokalos, Director of Operations. "Although depths of pipelines, wires and cables vary, ensuring public safety, protecting the environment and preventing service disruptions is crucial, " he added. 

 Mastrokalos said that residential and business customers are strongly encouraged to call 811 at least three busines days before the start of a digging protect, even if it involves planting a tree, a garden or installing a mailbox. 

When calling a 811, homeowners and business owners are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. 

Mastrokalos added that with April marking the traditional start of digging season and by calling 811 prior to the start of projects, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and our communities safe and connected.

Additional information about digging safely can be found at www.call811.com. 

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