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Dig Safely this Spring

Carrollton, GA — Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative (EMC) and local governments throughout Georgia take time each spring to share safe digging messages with their communities. April was officially National Safe Digging Month, but your local cooperative encourages safe digging all year long.

As homeowners and professionals plan work around their home or job sites that require digging, it is important to first get utility lines located and marked. Before work begins, the first step is to contact 811 at least three business days before the start date of the digging project. Homeowners can visit www.Georgia811.com to create an e-request or simply dial 811 by phone to use this free service and complete a dig ticket.

Required ticket information includes the address, county, phone number, type of excavation work and a description of where on the property the digging will take place. After the ticket is submitted, utility companies or their representatives will place colored flags and/or paint on the property to mark underground utility lines. Each flag/paint color corresponds to a specific utility. 

To raise awareness of the importance of contacting 811 before you dig, Carroll EMC, Carroll County and the city of Bowdon proclaimed April as Safe Digging Month, with the support of the West Georgia Utility Coordinating Committee (part of the statewide Georgia Utility Coordinating Council). Several Carroll EMC employees are part of this committee.

Carroll EMC is a Member-owned cooperative providing electricity to approximately 54,000 homes and businesses. The co-op serves Members in Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, Floyd and Troup counties. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information visit the cooperative’s website at carrollemc.com or follow Carroll EMC on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, X and YouTube. Carroll EMC: Community Built. Community Builder.