Gopher State One Call

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Whether it’s simple like planting a tree, or installing a mailbox, contacting Gopher State One Call (GSOC) before starting your project may allow you to avoid costly damages to underground facilities. GSOC is not responsible for contacting locators to paint or flag your private facilities. Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric also doesn’t locate private underground facilities that are the homeowner’s responsibility. Private underground facilities usually include any that serve outbuildings, hot tubs, security lighting, pools, and natural gas grills. Other private facilities include natural gas farm taps, private water systems, data communication lines, and invisible fences. The contact information for a number of locating companies who will locate privately owned underground facilities on your property can be found in the industry directory at www.gopherstate, then click on “Private Utility Locators.” This list is by no means an exhaustive list or a list of locators recommended by GSOC. For additional locators, consult a search engine, like Google, or refer to the Yellow Pages under “Utilities Underground – Locating.” Remember, private locators will charge a fee for their services. No one should ever remove flags before work is completed for the safety of all digging in the area. If you come in contact with an underground utility, evacuate the area, call 911, then notify your utility provider.