Locate utilities before you dig.
In Illinois, the organization that is used for locating utilities prior to digging or construction is called JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators). JULIE is a “not-for-profit corporation that provides homeowners and professional excavators with one place to contact for safer digging.” JULIE’s locating services are free to residents and contractors who call for the locating of underground utilities.
JULIE locates electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunication lines that are underground. JULIE reminds Illinois residents to “avoid personal injury and damage to those underground lines, state law requires you to contact JULIE before any digging project, regardless of the project size or depth.”
JULIE recommends that you call for any residential project that include, but are not limited to:
- decks and patios
- swing sets
- mailbox placement
- swimming pools.
Your chances of a safe project due to underground utilities is greatly increased by following these four important steps that can prevent injury and avoid damage:
- Call before you dig.
- Wait the required amount of time – usually two working days after your call.
- Respect the markings.
- Dig with care.
JULIE is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and can be contacted at 1-800-892-0123 or by calling 811 to place a local request or answer any questions about home projects. Homeowners can also fill out an e-request for location services at www.illinois1call.com.