before you dig
South Carolina law requires a 72 hour notice (three working days) before you excavate. Why? In order to reduce and/or prevent dig-ins. A dig-in can cause death or injury, damage to public or private property, and loss or interruption of services.
Having lines located before you dig can save you:
• Costly repairs to damaged pipes, lines, etc.
• Delays in construction
• Wasted crew time
• Personal injury or property damage
The Palmetto Utility Protection Service, Inc., or PUPS, is a corporation formed and funded by participating utility companies hoping to improve community and job safety, and promote improved service through damage reduction to utilities.
PUPS is a computerized notification center which establishes a computer link between those who dig underground and those who operate underground facilities. PUPS is also FREE.
The phone number to call is 1-888-721-7877, or click on the link to go to the PUPS Website.
You will be required to provide the following information:
• Telephone number
• Name of caller
• County and city
• Address or job location
• Start date and time
• Type of work
• Contractor Address