Why Call Diggers Hotline?

Aside from the fact that you could put yourself in serious danger if you don’t do so… it’s the law!

Wisconsin Statute 182.0175 requires all excavators including homeowners and construction contractors to notify owners and operators of buried facilities of their intent to dig at least three business days prior to beginning their work. Calling Diggers Hotline is the quickest and easiest way to comply with the law.

Protect Yourself.

If you don’t call before you dig, you are putting yourself and your neighbors in danger. A shovel could easily cut through a buried underground electric line, and a damaged gas pipeline would put your entire neighborhood in jeopardy.

Dig Now, Pay Later.

If you dig without calling Diggers Hotline and you damage underground facilities, not only will you be financially responsible for the damage, but you could also be subject to a fine of up to $2,000.

Did You Know…?

Diggers Hotline does not locate underground facilities. Instead, they take calls from excavators, both homeowners and professionals, and then relay that information to the owners of underground facilities in that area. It is the responsibility of the underground facility owners to mark any buried lines they may have in your area.

Contacting Diggers Hotline  Toll Free: (800) 242-8511 In Milwaukee: (414) 259-1181 TDD: (800) 542-2289 www.DiggersHotline.com  24 Hours a Day 365 Days a Year

A trained operator will answer your call and ask several questions about the nature of the work. Some of the questions may not apply to you, but all questions need to be asked of all callers. All calls coming into the Diggers Hotline call center are recorded and kept on file for six years.


Also, be aware of underground facilities that you may own. The electric line to a detached garage or lamp, underground sprinkler systems, security systems, sewer or water laterals and walkway lights connected by underground cables are all private facilities, and therefore owned by you. Be aware of your private facilities before you dig. The owners of these private facilities are responsible to mark any facilities within the locate request area.


About Diggers Hotline

Diggers Hotline was established in 1976 and has helped thousands of people obtain information on the location of underground facilities and safe working clearances from overhead lines all for absolutely no cost to the caller.

Diggers Hotline was created to increase worker and public safety, prevent damage to underground and overhead facilities, protect the environment and to help ensure continuity of utility and communication services.

Anyone planning on or actually digging or excavating, no matter how big or small the job, is required by law to contact Diggers Hotline at least three working days before digging.

Diggers Hotline, Wisconsin’s one-call notification center, coordinates activities between excavators and owners of underground facilities, such as buried phone, cable, gas, water or electric lines. Calling Diggers Hotline provides an easy way for anyone involved with excavation to comply with Wisconsin State Statute 182.0175.

Information on this page was provided by Diggers Hotline