Call 811 before you dig
From time to time, we get questions about what customers need to know before starting any project that involves digging, which may impact underground utilities, such as water or wastewater lines.
The answer is simple: Call 811.
New Mexico's Excavation laws, sometimes known as "Blue Stake" laws, require anyone who plans to dig to notify New Mexico 811 at least two full working days in advance to have all underground utilities located and marked.
The process is simple. Customers can call 811 or visit nm811.org and file a ticket in advance of their project. Within two days, a professional locator will be sent to the dig site to mark underground lines with paint or flags.
Knowing where underground utilities are before tackling a project is the simplest way to avoid serious injuries or costly damages to utilities that are buried underground, such as water, gas or electricity lines.
Customer safety is a top priority for us. It's important to remember that it only takes a few minutes to be in compliance with the law, and most importantly, to ensure your safety.