Iowa One Call services are free and telephones are answered 24 hours a day. Utilities, including Des Moines Water Works, have 48 hours following a request to locate any underground facilities they have in the area and mark their location with flags or painted lines. After the excavation area has been marked, you will be able to avoid any underground services, preventing a loss of vital services and added expenses for repairs.
Iowa law applies to professional contractors as well as homeowners, and encompasses a wide array of outdoor projects including:
- Installing a fence
- Planting trees or shrubs
- Building a patio, addition, deck, garage, outdoor shed or any similar structure that requires any form of digging
- Putting in a new driveway
- Installing a septic system or water drainage system
- Terracing or landscaping
Call 811 or 1-800-292-8989 before you dig. It’s fast, it’s free, it’s the law! You can also access important information at www.iowaonecall.com.