“Fairgoers should stop by the Iowa One Call exhibit located in the Varied Industries Building to greet Iowa One Call’s mascot, Gabby-the-Groundhog and ‘spin to win’ on the 811 Roulette Wheel,” said Ben Booth, spokesperson for Iowa One Call. On Thursday, August 11th, we’ll be giving away 811 T-shirts and other 811 merchandise, along with prizes for the kids,” said Booth. More prizes will be awarded via a special Facebook drawing. “Each day of the fair, we’ll be drawing for a winner to receive a nice prize via the Iowa One Call Facebook page. For a chance to win, simply ‘like us’ on Facebook and share an Iowa One Call post. Our current Facebook friends will also be included in the drawings,” said Booth. According to Booth, this is all being implemented as a way to educate Iowans about the importance of understanding and adhering to the Iowa One Call requirements.
The Iowa Attorney General enforces the penalty provisions of the “Iowa One Call law” (Iowa Code, Chapter 480).
- For violations related to natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines, including service lines, an amount up to $10,000 for each violation for each day the violation continues, up to a maximum of $500,000.
- For violations related to any other underground facility, an amount up to $1,000 for each violation for each day the violation continues, up to a maximum of $20,000.
Homeowners may be surprised to learn what activities require prior notification to Iowa One Call. The simple task of pounding a stake or post into the ground can be as detrimental to an underground facility as the blade of a shovel. For more information about the “Iowa One Call law” visit www.iowaonecall.com.
About Iowa One Call
Iowa One Call, as mandated by law, provides contractors, homeowners, and others who may be planning projects that will entail digging/excavating with a single notification system for requesting the locating and marking of underground facilities. Online locate requests are submitted via www.iowaonecall.com or ‘phoned in’ via the toll-free 8-1-1 three digit number. Callers may also dial 1-800-292-8989 to reach the notification system. The service provided by Iowa One Call is free of charge, as is the phone call and online request. The cost is paid in full by participating underground facility operators. Iowa One Call representatives handle more than 400,000 incoming calls and coordinate more than two million locate requests with underground facility operator/owners annually. Iowa One Call is neither a utility nor a locating service and does not own underground facilities. The process of locating and marking underground facilities is handled by the owner/operators of underground facilities, who by law must respond to all notices transmitted by the Iowa One Call Notification System.
Ben Booth, the Manager of Public Relations/Communications at Iowa One Call, is available for interviews. Please call 515-278-8700 (office) or 515-707-3998 (cell) to schedule.