Farm Operations

Texas state law and Texas Administrative Code both require a call to 811 any time the earth will be disturbed at a depth of 16 inches or greater. Typical everyday chores such as fencing, terracing, ditching, watershed projects and specific tilling operations are all examples of when a call to 811 should be made. Vital fiber optic lines may be buried in turn rows or fence lines, and transmission pipelines that carry hazardous and volatile liquids could run across your property. One free and simple call to 811, at least 48 hours (two working days) prior to beginning your project can get those buried utilities identified. Once that is done, you can dig confidently and safely. No one digs more dirt than Texas farmers and ranchers. Please do it safely by knowing what’s below. Call 811 before you dig.

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Marking Color Code

For Marking Underground Utility Lines

White - Proposed excavation White

Proposed excavation

Pink - Temporary survey markings Pink

Temporary survey markings

Red - Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables Red

Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables

Yellow - Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials Yellow

Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials

Orange - Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit Orange

Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit

Blue - Potable water Blue

Potable water

Purple - Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines Purple

Reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines

Green - Sewer and drain lines Green

Sewer and drain lines

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    I have a question about the law.
    • Please visit damage prevention laws for all questions pertaining to the law. If you need additional assistance please email info@texas811.org and we will assist you as much as possible.