Iowa Cubs to host “811 Day at the I-Cubs” at Principal Park on August 11
Heavy-hitters Common Ground Iowa, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Utilities Board, Black Hills Energy, Iowa One Call, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, and MidAmerican Energy team up with the I-Cubs to promote safe digging and “Call 811 Before You Dig”
Common Ground Iowa (CGI), Iowa One Call (IOC), Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), MidAmerican Energy Company (MEC), the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) and Black Hills Energy, along with the Iowa Cubs will promote 811 during the game on 8-11-2013. 811 is the abbreviated three-digit dialing system to the state’s Iowa One Call system. The first 1,000 reserved tickets sold at the game will be for the reduced price of $8.11. The entire sponsor team will distribute an additional 1,000 general admission tickets to the public through several events.
Why such a big emphasis on 811? What is it? What is it about? 811 is the phone number to call before you do any type of digging. Throughout the state there is a large and critical infrastructure of underground facilities ranging from water to natural gas to electricity to the vast communication networks that are susceptible to damage from the many types of routine digging. Calling 811 will bring a locator to the property to mark the underground facilities near where you want to dig. This way you know where it is safe to dig and where it is not. (There is a 48 hour waiting period, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays from the time you call until you can begin digging.)
Our common goal is to prevent damage to our essential underground facilities infrastructure and safeguard our communities. That is what 811 is all about. 8-11-2013 will be a night full of baseball, appearances from Iowa One Call’s mascot, Gabby the Groundhog, and learning about 811 in a fun way.
About Common Ground Iowa Common Ground Iowa (CGI), a Regional Partner of the national organization Common Ground Alliance (CGA), is a member-driven non-profit organization. CGI works with all stakeholders to produce stronger, more effective results through partnership, collaboration, and the pursuit of common goals in damage prevention. The purpose of CGI is to prevent damage to underground infrastructure through education to foster a shared sense of responsibility for protection of underground facilities. To accomplish this goal, CGI utilizes CGA’s best practices for advancing utility safety in Iowa. To learn more about CGI, visit www.commongroundiowa.com or call (515) 725-7338.