August 11 is National 811 Day
Call 811 to have underground utilities located for free -- before you dig!


Public Affairs

CAYCE, S.C., (Aug. 10, 2010) – Summer weather finds many homeowners working in the yard and planning new landscaping projects. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself job or requires a professional, make sure to call 811 before any digging work begins.

Call 811 when:

  • Installing a mailbox
  • Excavating a new garden area
  • Putting in a fence
  • Installing an irrigation system
  • Planting trees or shrubbery
  • Grading
  • Building a patio or deck

As the national “call before you dig” number, 811 calls are answered in South Carolina by PUPS (Palmetto Utility Protection Service Inc.), which coordinates with the appropriate utilities to have company-owned underground lines located and marked - all free of charge.

By calling 811, homeowners help keep themselves and their neighbors safe from serious injury and possible service disruption. Last year SCE&G responded to numerous incidents in which the natural gas company’s underground pipeline system had been damaged by a third party. In a majority of these cases, the unintentional damage could have been prevented if the pipe had been located and marked before excavation work began.

For more information about working safely around underground pipeline, visit and for more information about the 811 system and PUPS, visit  

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 660,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 310,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.
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