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9. Work Site Address. This is the site where the excavation is to take place.
10. Nearest Intersection or Cross Street/Road. This information helps to pinpoint where the job site is if within a town or city. Also provide distance and direction from intersection.
11. Longitude, Latitude. If available, MUWV map grids may be given. MUWV grid maps can be ordered through our website ( or by calling 412-415-5093. Longitude and latitude points may also be used if known. If readings are obtained from GPS units, make certain the GPS units are performing accurately.
12 & 13. Length, Direction and Depth of Excavation. This information helps to determine the extent of your work and is meaningful since lengthy excavations (e.g. installing a two-mile gas line) may involve more underground utilities than single site excavations (e.g. excavating for a basement, drilling a well, etc.) Length can be given in feet, yards or miles. It is important to remember to call 48 business hours before you dig but not more than 10 business days
in advance of your dig date. Once the buried facilities are identified and marked by our members it becomes the responsibility of the excavator to maintain the integrity of the marked
facilities. Work of an excavator covering great distances must consider how the contractor can maintain the integrity
of the marked facilities. Consideration should be given to dividing tile work into sections, calling 48 hours before the start of each section. Direction
is given in main compass points (e.g. North, East, Southwest, etc.) from
the beginning of the work site. This applies to excavations of length more so than single site excavations. Depth of excavation helps our members to determine if they my have to provide more than just marking their lines (e.g. determine depth of the lines, have locator onsite, etc.)
14. Is Work Site Marked with White Markings? When possible, mark the work site with white markings. This will provide the exact location where MUWV members need to mark their underground facilities.
15. Blasting. Tile caller will be asked if blasting will occur.
16. Type of Work. Field locators need to know the specific purpose of the excavation. Detailed Information is requested. For example: “Installation of a sanitary sewer lateral” is much more helpful than “Digging for a sewer line.”
17. Street, Sidewalk, Private Property or Other. If other, the caller will be asked
to specify where the work will take place (e.g. road shoulder, highway right- of-way, etc.)
18. Work Being Done For Whom. The identification of whom the work is being performed for is another source for obtaining additional information, such as a more definitive location, about the project. The customer’s name or property owner’s name is sufficient.
19. Contact Name and Phone Number. The person to contact in case additional information is needed concerning the project. This can be different from the information given for questions 1 and
2. When available supply alternate contract information. (i.e. mobile phone, pager number, etc...).
20. Alternate Contact. When available provide alternate contact information (i.e. mobile phone, pager number, etc...).
21. Remarks. The caller may wish to give additional information (e.g. driving instructions, land marks, meeting requests, etc.) pertaining to the locate request. Detailed information of exact excavation site is particularly helpful.
22. Members Notified. Identity of MUWV members notified will be provided to the caller.
23. Serial Number. An identification number associated with the call for future reference if needed.
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