Sylvan Lake Newsbyte: Before Shovels Hit the Ground

Sylvan Lake Newsbyte

Doing Any DIY Projects This Summer?
  • Decks & Patios
  • Trees of Shrubs
  • Swing Sets
  • Signs
  • Fountains
  • Tents
  • Fences
  • Mailbox Posts
  • Room Additions
  • Gardens
  • Swimming Pools
  • Landscaping
Know What’s Below Before You Dig! 
Even Hand digging can cause damage.  Over 25% of damage is from homeowners.
It’s the LAW! It’s fast and it’s FREE!!! 
Yes, a bill was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and has been in effect since April 1, 2014.  Be smart and contact MISS DIG 811 before you dig. 
  • Visit
  • In the e-Locate box click Start.
  • Complete the e-Locate Request.
  • Check your status before you dig
  • Enter your ticket #.  Click Inquire.  
Those painted lines usually run from the main facility to the meter on your house. 
Not everything gets marked when you call.  Private facility lines are NOT marked. 
The unmarked private lines usually run from the house to any other building or object with service in your yard, like a garage or lamp post.  A private locator may be hired to mark them. And often, water and sewer lines are only marked in the right-of-way not all the way to the meter on the house. 
Why so many flags? What do they mean? Can I remove them?
Do NOT remove the flags until the work is completed or after 21 days. 
Color Key:
White - Area of Proposed Excavation
Pink -      Temporary Survey Markings
Red -       Electric
Yellow - Gas, Oil, Steam, Propane
Orange -  Phone and Cable
Blue -     Water
Purple - Reclaimed water, irrigation
Green - Sewer
Gray -     Used to Erase Marks
5 Steps to Safe Digging
  1. Call MISS DIG 811 at 811 or go online to
  2. Wait for utilities to be marked
  3. Check status @
  4. Respect the marks
  5. Dig with care



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