Iowa homeowners who need to dig on their property have free access to an updated technology tool, iTic Lite, available from Iowa One Call, the organization tasked with promoting the message "Call before you dig in Iowa."
For their own safety and that of their family and neighbors, homeowners must locate and avoid underground wires and pipes prior to digging because it’s the law in Iowa. They must fill out an online request using iTic by going to DigSafeWait48.com or dial 811 before doing digging of any kind.
The new iTic Lite is designed just for homeowners and is easier and faster for homeowners to use than the previous version. It lets them more quickly pinpoint the areas around their property to be marked.
To prevent injuries or property damage, there are four key things to remember before you dig:
1. Call or fill out an iTic — it’s free.
2. Digging without calling can cause injury to you or a neighbor and/or your properties.
3. Many essentials to daily living are underground. Don’t inconvenience anyone by knocking out power, communication, heat, water, etc.
4. You are responsible to pay for all damages and fees associated with an incident.
And it’s a completely free service that anyone in Iowa can use. In fact, the national One Call Program (dial 811 from anywhere in the nation) is mandated by the federal government in all 50 states and is overseen by the Common Ground Alliance.
It’s easy to forget that many of the essential services that support our daily living are delivered via an invisible infrastructure buried beneath our feet. Electricity, natural gas, communication lines and water and sewer services are all essential infrastructure that could be interrupted if someone decides to dig without first having an underground facility locating service mark their yard.