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Avista Reminds Customers to Call Before You Dig
Make sure to call the One Call locator service at least two working days prior to digging or trenching

Spokane, Wash., May 2// -- The first step in any spring project that requires digging, such as planting trees and shrubs or installing a fence, mailbox post, deck footing or sprinkler system, should start with a call to the local One Call locator service at least two working days prior to digging or excavating. Buried electrical lines and natural gas pipes can be dangerously close to the surface, and one dig with a shovel or backhoe could strike a buried natural gas or electric line.

"One Call locator services are free and required by law," said Terry Bushnell, Avista Utilities manager of safety and training. "Some pre-planning and a quick phone call can help customers avoid possible injury, costly damages or interrupted utility service."

Customers should call the One Call locator service at least two working days before digging. The locator service will find and mark the location of any buried wire, cables or natural gas pipelines.

One Call Underground Utility Location Service
Washington: (800) 424-5555

Benewah, Shoshone Counties: (800) 398-3285
Bonner, Boundary Counties: (800) 626-4950
Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties: (800) 342-1585
Kootenai County: (800) 428-4950

Oregon: (800) 332-2344

For safety tips and a visit to Wattson, the energy and safety watchdog for kids, visit our web site at www.avistautilities.com

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 330,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in four western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.'s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistautilities.com

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Debbie Simock




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