- August 11 is “811 Day” – a day dedicated to the importance of calling 811 at least three business days before digging begins
- Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy have reported damage to underground natural gas and power lines nearly 5,000 times this year
- Calling 811 helps prevent injuries, breakdowns and costly repairs, keeping everyone safe
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, August 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — August 11 is officially 811 Day, and as residents continue with their summer garden projects, Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy would like to remind everyone to call 811 before digging to prevent potential injuries and avoid power and natural gas outages.
“Ensuring the safety of our customers and protecting our underground utility infrastructure are top priorities,” said Sasha Weintraub, Senior Vice President and President of Piedmont Natural Gas. “Even simple digging jobs can cause serious injury and disrupt vital community utilities, so it’s important to call 811 to avoid unnecessary and potentially dangerous situations and outages in our communities.”
The nationwide “811 Call Before You Dig” system was created so anyone planning to dig can make a free call to have underground utility lines clearly marked. Contractors, landlords, business owners and anyone preparing for a digging project should call 811 at least three business days before digging begins. Local utilities will then send a team to mark underground lines in the area (electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, telephone, cable TV and others) with stakes, flags or paint.
From January to June 2022, Piedmont and Duke Energy reported damage to 4,967 natural gas and power lines in their service territories (North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana).
More precisely, Piedmont and Duke Energy reported 1,766 outages at underground natural gas facilities in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. And Duke Energy reported about 3,201 damage to its underground power grid across all of its service territories. In 2021, Piedmont and Duke Energy reported nearly 9,800 natural gas and power line outages.
“Our best defense is awareness and ongoing training to call 811 before digging,” Weintraub added. “We are committed to sharing this message with our customers and communities to prevent these accidents.”
Piedmont natural gas
Piedmont Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, distributes natural gas to more than 1.1 million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south and Tennessee. Piedmont is consistently recognized by JD Power for excellent customer satisfaction and has been named by Cogent Reports as one of the most trusted utility brands in the United States. piedmontng.com. Follow Piedmont Natural Gas: Twitter, Facebook.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least 50% carbon reduction from power generation by 2030 and net emissions carbon emissions by 2050. Zero goals also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2022 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Top Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy lighting features stories about people, innovations, community issues and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, instagram and Facebook.
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