NEW HAVEN, CT - Each spring, new construction enterprises, home improvement projects and landscaping activities begin to pick up steam. UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE:UIL), parent company of The United Illuminating Company, The Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Berkshire Gas Company, advises you to include a Call Before You Dig (CBYD) to 8-1-1, an important part of any planting or excavation activities.
“The safe delivery of electric and natural gas supplies to all our customers is an essential component of our business,” said Anthony J. Vallillo, UIL’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Dialing 8-1-1 to notify the Call Before You Dig program a few days before any digging activity starts helps keep our customers and our communities safe and prevents service disruptions.”
CBYD coordinates and marks the location of underground utility facilities in advance of excavation to prevent inadvertent damage and potential injury. Underground lines can include natural gas pipelines, buried electric cables, telecommunications lines, water and sewer pipes and other utility facilities. Nationwide, once every three minutes digging causes damage to utility infrastructure according to the American Gas Association. One-third of these incidents would be prevented with a call to CBYD/811 before beginning a digging project.
“All of UIL’s operating companies work closely with the CBYD program to communicate this safety message to our customers, contractors, professional excavators, and the general public,” Mr. Vallillo added. “There is no cost to call and it could save a life.”
Damage to underground gas lines can cause injury, repair costs, fines, and service outages. Every digging project – even small projects like installing a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree or garden — warrants a call to 811. Also, excavating near gas lines requires the use of hand digging tools.
April is National Safe Digging Month. Celebrate it by calling 811 before any digging project starts. For more information, visit www.cbyd.com or www.call811.com
About UIL Holdings Corporation
Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE:UIL) is a diversified energy delivery company serving more than 700,000 electric and natural gas utility customers in 66 communities across two states, with combined total assets of over $4 billion.
UIL is the parent company of The United Illuminating Company (UI), The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG), and The Berkshire Gas Company (BGC), each more than 100 years old. UI provides for the transmission and delivery of electricity and other energy related services for Connecticut's Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas. SCG and CNG are natural gas distribution companies that serve customers in Connecticut, while Berkshire Gas serves natural gas customers in western Massachusetts. UIL employs more than 1,850 people in the New England region.