Digging and Underground Power Lines
Before you dig, call 811
Coming into contact with an underground power line can cause serious injuries—even death. Before you dig on your property, find out what’s underground by calling 811. Making the call or creating a ticket online is the first step for digging safely. And, it's the law.
When to call
Anytime you plan to dig on your property, it’s a good idea to call Arizona 811 first. Allow at least two working days before you start digging.
Call 811 before you
- Plant a tree
- Install a sprinkler system
- Add a garden or new landscaping
- Install pavers or a driveway
- Build a swimming pool
- Plan a home addition
How it works
Contacting Arizona 811before you dig helps to prevent injuries and costly repairs. When you call, you’ll talk with a Locate Specialist about work you’re doing and where you plan to dig. They’ll let SRP know, then send a Locator to mark any underground lines, pipes and cables at your dig site. That way, you’ll be able to dig safely.
- Be sure you know what to do if someone comes into contact with an energized power line.
- Trees and shrubs should not be planted within 12 feet of the front of underground equipment,and within 3 feet of the sides.
- If you have an electrical emergency, call SRP at (602) 236-8811. For Spanish, call (602) 236-1100.