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Rise in strikes to underground utilities prompts SDG&E's reminder: 'call 8-1-1 before you dig'


Last updated 8/20/2017 at Noon

SAN DIEGO – An increase in the number of incidents where natural gas lines are damaged by third-party contractors or residents prompted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) on Aug. 11 to remind customers about the importance of calling 8-1-1 before digging underground.

The frequency of strikes on gas lines has more than doubled since 2010, with the number of incidents increasing steadily each year. Last year, natural gas lines were damaged 354 times. That’s nearly once a day.

The damage is often caused by contractors or residents who did not contact 8-1-1 in advance of excavation work to...

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