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Posted on: March 31, 2021

SUEZ APPEALS TO RESIDENTS ABOUT DIGGING SAFETY AS WARMER WEATHER APPROACHES

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SUEZ APPEALS TO RESIDENTS ABOUT DIGGING SAFETY AS WARMER WEATHER APPROACHES

In order to help ensure the safety of all communities SUEZ serves, the company today emphasized the importance of “Safe Digging Month,” which is recognized during the month April.

“The current health crisis continues to point to a vast revival in landscaping and other outside home projects to help stay physically and emotionally healthy,” said Jim Mastrokalos, Director of Operations. “While some schools and businesses remain partially or totally closed and community events scaled down or cancelled, free time for families include DIY projects and other outside plans, but these undertakings must be met with continued safety precautions,” he added.

Mastrokalos said that digging a new garden or constructing new outdoor fencing without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities might cause severe injuries or lead to major service interruptions.

“Depths of pipelines, wires and cables vary, ensuring public safety, protecting the environment and maintaining service which is crucial,” Mastrokalos said. “Yet water mains or buried electrical wires can increase the likelihood of unintentional rupture, but these accidents are preventable when you follow the first step in calling 811,” he added.

The federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number, 811, was created to help protect homeowners, contractors and utilities from accidentally striking underground utility lines while working on digging projects. Mastrokalos said that residential and business customers are strongly encouraged to call 811 at least three (3) business days before the start of a digging project, even if it involves planting a tree or installing a mailbox.

When calling 811, homeowners and business owners are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both.

Additional information about digging safely can be found at www.call811.com.

Press contact:

Jane Kunka 732-557-7775

jane.kunka@suez.com

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