On 811 Day, the SCC Reminds Virginians to Take the First Step and Contact 811 Before You Dig


AUG 11, 2023

RICHMOND – August 11 is 811 Day, a day in the Commonwealth recognized by Virginians of the importance of always contacting Virginia 811 before you dig. Virginia 811 is the one-call notification center created by Virginia’s utilities to protect their underground facilities from damage, prevent the interruption of service to customers, and to avert mishap or injury to people or property while digging.

Contacting Virginia 811 and having your underground utilities located and marked is a free and simple process. If you will be excavating at a single address, go online at www.va811.com to enter your request for the marking of utility lines. This online service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You may also call 8-1-1 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is available 24/7, 365 days a year as well. Know What’s Below, contact Virginia 811 before you dig and Dig with C.A.R.E!

C.A.R.E. means:

  • Contact Virginia 811 before you dig.
  • Allow the required time for marking.
  • Respect and protect the marks.
  • Excavate carefully.

Taking the important first step and contacting Virginia 811 before you dig goes a long way in helping keep Virginia’s underground utility infrastructure damage-free, and our communities, business districts and environment are also kept safe in the process.

To learn more about “Digging with C.A.R.E.” and Virginia’s underground utility damage prevention program, contact the State Corporation Commission’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at 804-371-9980 or visit scc.virginia.gov/pages/Utility-Railroad-Safety.


Contact: Jordan Bondurant, 804-371-9141