Agriculture Community

Protect your farm, your family and your community.

On the farm, excavation is a way of life and JULIE (JULIE, Inc.) reminds farmers in Illinois to be aware of critical underground utility facilities, such as rural water, fiber optic, electric, pipeline and high-pressure gas distribution systems, on their property.

“Projects such as tile plowing, deep ripping and sub-soiling can create safety hazards due to the depth of the operations,” said Kevin Chmura, Director of Public Relations at JULIE, Inc.  “An important step when planning any digging project, regardless of its size or depth, is to notify JULIE. This is a free service.”

Utilities can be buried at various depths beneath farm fields.  While the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act does not require a call to JULIE for routine farm tillage operations, there are farm-related, excavation projects that do require notification such as tile plowing, building waterways and setting posts.

“Protect yourself and your family. Striking a single buried utility line can result in repair costs and cause tremendous property and environmental damage, injury and loss of lives,” continued Chmura.

5 Steps to Safer Digging
There are five important steps to safer digging:

  1. Pre-mark the dig site with white paint or flags;
  2. Call JULIE at 8-1-1 or go online (illinois1call.com) to submit your own locate request before you dig;
  3. Wait the required amount of time (two business days);
  4. Respect the marks; and
  5. Dig with care.

When farmers call either 8-1-1 or 800-892-0123, they will speak with a JULIE Call Center Agent who will take the location and description of the project site and notify affected member facility owners and operators.  These members will then send a professional locator to mark the approximate location of their underground utility lines with small flags, markings or paint at no cost. (JULIE personnel do not perform locating or marking services).