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Click or call 811 before you dig

Safety is our number one priority – safety of our customers, our employees, and our utility infrastructure. You are our top priority.

But we need your help.

Any time you break ground, you run the risk of hitting a utility line. Whether you’re a homeowner planting some shrubs or a contractor excavating a subdivision, you must call 811 or submit an online request at least two days before you dig.

811 protects you and keeps our communities safe. 

Every nine minutes, an underground utility line is damaged in America because of digging without first contacting 811. Striking a single line can result in injury, repair costs or fines, and outages. For every digging project, no matter how large or small, click or Call 811 Before You Dig – it’s free, it’s safe and it’s the law.

  • Call or Click Before You Dig. Always “Call or Click Before You Dig” at least two working days in advance to have utility lines marked.
  • Mark Your Planned Excavation Site. Using white spray paint, stakes, or flags mark the area around your planned excavation site before you call.
  • Respect the Marks. Always dig with care and use a shovel within 18 to 24 inches of any utility lines as opposed to using heavy equipment.
  • Don’t Rely on Old Line Locate Marks. If you don’t dig within 10 days of having utility lines marked, contact 811. At no charge, utility locators will gladly return to re-mark the lines.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to a Black Hills Energy representative before you submit your 811 request, click the button below to send us a message and we'll follow up with you.

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811 in your area

Call 800-482-8998 or 811

Visit online at

Call 1-800-922-1987 or 811 

Visit online at For more information, visit the our safe digging and FAQ for Colorado page.

Call 1-800-292-8989 or 811

Visit online at 

Call 1-800-344-7233 or 811

Visit on line at

Call 800-331-5666 or 811

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Make a free call to 811 (in-state) or (800) 781-7474 (outside of South Dakota)

Visit online 

Call 1-800-849-2476 or 811

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Pipeline location information

Most natural gas pipelines are buried out of sign, but they should never be out of mind.

Pipeline signs explain what the pipeline carries and provides the pipeline operator's name and phone number in case of an emergency.

The signs do not indicate the exact location or depth of the pipeline, so always call 811. 

More information

Safe digging and damage prevention is our shared responsibility. Learn more and find information specific to your area at