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JULIE - Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig

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Before you start digging on your property (for deck building, fencing, landscaping, etc.), Illinois state law requires that you call JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators).

JULIE is a free one-call system that tells utilities of your digging or excavating plans.

Call no more than two weeks, but at least 48 hours, before you begin digging (not including weekends and holidays).  Utilities will then mark their underground pipes, wires and cables with stakes, flags or paint. 

You can also submit a locate request online using JULIE's E-Request option.

Download the JULIE Homeowners Guide (PDF) >

For more information, visit the JULIE Web site at

Know Your Marks
Each utility company uses a specific color to mark their buried facilities.