Reminders for Spring Projects
Posted on Wednesday May 16, 2018
Helpful information from Illinois One-Call System, JULIE.
With warmer temperatures, eager homeowners are gearing up to start outdoor digging projects.
Before reaching for that shovel to start digging, JULIE urges homeowners to know what’s below and
always notify the Illinois One-Call System first. Learn 5 expert tips for creating a spring
vegetable garden.

“The results of a recent national survey by the Common Ground Alliance revealed that 36
percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year will put themselves and their communities at risk
by not calling a state one-call center, like JULIE, at least two days beforehand to learn the
approximate location of underground utility lines,” said Kevin Chmura, director of public relations
for JULIE, Inc. “Across the country, every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged
because someone decided to dig without calling 8-1-1 first.”

Projects requiring notification to JULIE include, but aren’t limited to: planting flowers, trees or
shrubs; installing a fence, swing set, new garden or mail box post; adding a pool, pond or
fountain; and building a deck. As an important reminder for upcoming parties and events, plan ahead
and notify JULIE if you are drilling or installing posts and stakes for tents.

Six of every 10 requests are now entered directly online with no time waiting on hold for a call
center agent during peak periods. With significant increases in call volume at our center this
spring, E-Request is a fast and convenient option that is available 24/7 or call 1-800-892-0123.

If you choose to begin your project over the weekend, remember to always provide at least two
business days’ notice and notify JULIE no later than Wednesday at 4 p.m. This is a free service.

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