SCC Reminds Virginia to Dig With C.A.R.E


AUG 11, 2021

RICHMOND – August 11 is the day recognized in the Commonwealth to remind Virginians of the importance of always contacting Virginia 811 before you dig. Virginia 811 is the one-call notification center to report planned excavations in the Commonwealth created by Virginia’s utilities to protect their underground facilities.

Contacting Virginia 811 is a simple, no-cost process, with two convenient ways to do so. You can go online at to disclose a digging project taking place at a single address; this online service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You may also call 8-1-1 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is available 24/7, 365 days a year as well.

Know What’s Below. Contact Virginia 811 before you dig, and Dig with C.A.R.E!

C.A.R.E. means:

  • Contact Virginia 811 before you dig.
  • Allow the required time for marking.
  • Respect and protect the marks.
  • Excavate carefully.

Help keep Virginia’s underground utility infrastructure damage-free and our communities, business districts and environment safe by taking this important first step.

To learn more about “Digging with C.A.R.E.” and Virginia’s underground utility damage prevention program, contact the SCC’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at 804-371-9980 or visit


Contact: Ford Carson, 804-371-9141