Sunshine 811 members have until March 31st to get their data entered into the Florida DIRT system. This ensures it will be included in the 2018 DIRT Report, an annual publication that monitors the trends and root causes of underground facility damages nationwide.
Sunshine 811 will stop sending locate tickets by fax to member destinations on December 31, 2018.
This move is being made to continue improving our technology and maintaining a reliable system for transmitting tickets to our members.
Sunshine 811 recently rolled out the new positive response code, “2E Marked with Exceptions – marked within the confines of the white-lined area.” The purpose of the new code is further described in the accompanying paragraph: “A locate technician marked the approximate horizontal location of buried facilities WITHIN the white-lined area. (White paint, stakes or other white marks define the dig site boundary.) Any excavation outside the white-lined area requires a new ticket.
Excavators who white line their job sites before notifying 811 create win-win situations for themselves and locate technicians. It’s a best practice and it’s a low impact marking practice in the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, Chapter 556, Florida Statutes.
White lining eliminates the guess work for locators. It clearly defines the dig area with white paint, flags, stakes or a combination of these before you notify 811.
This code may also be used after the locate technician has asked you to white line because the locate description was not clear.