Know What's Below Before You Dig
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Last week's gas leak and house explosion in Grand Junction has some residents wondering if something like that could happen to them, and the answer is yes. However, Mesa County has an above average grade for damage prevention, according to Colorado 811.
Knowing exactly where to mark a line is the difference between a successful dig or a catastrophic one.
"Oh, it takes a little bit of experience," said Ute Water locator Rodney Tooker.
Each day Tooker travels around the Grand Valley handling about 20 to 30 locating jobs.
"It tells me where the water line is, it gives me a signal," he said.
Owner of Professional Pipeline and Concrete, Dan Denton, said, "If we don't know what's there, good chance it's going to get cut."
While Tooker is humble about his work, his boss, Darrel Moore, isn't.
"A lot of experience, he dug in these places, he's mapped a lot of things, and he just cares. I don't know what I'd do without him some days," said Moore.
However, Darrel Moore is also passionate about precise locates. He built "The Dig Town" to show people exactly what's under our ground.
"It's tough to show up at a place where there's a broken line and there are no paint marks down on the ground. And you know those people either didn't know or they just didn't care," said Moore.
He tells people they must call 811 before starting any project, whether it's minimal or major.
"It's just a good idea to make that free call," Moore said.
"You'll never know what's there if you don't call," said Denton.
Because making the call can save time, money, and lives. While accidents can still occur, calling 811 is a step in the right direction for keeping everyone safe.