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Avista marks National 811 Day with reminder to call 811 before digging
811 call before you dig information at Spokane Indians game on Aug. 11

Aug. 8, 2012: With Aug. 11 almost here, Avista hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for homeowners and contractors to call 811 prior to any digging project.  Knowing where underground lines are buried can help protect you from injury, prevent damages to utilities and service disruptions, and avoid potential fines and repair costs. There is no charge for the location service.
 
Attendees at the Aug. 11 Spokane Indians baseball game can stop by the Avista booth to pick up free 811 call before you dig information and talk with professionals about the free locate service. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.
 
In 2011, there were 552 dig-ins that caused damage to Avista’s underground natural gas lines. That’s 7.9 dig-ins for every 1,000 locates which is higher than the national average of 3.7. Avista’s goal is to reduce the number of dig-ins in 2012 by 10 percent to increase public safety and reduce costs.
 
The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in one common area, so it’s important to know where all are located before digging. For more safe digging tips, visit www.avistautilities.com/811 and make sure to call 811 or go online at www.call811.com at least two working days before starting any project that involves digging.
 
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 359,000 customers and natural gas to 320,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
 
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