System protects facilities mayor says
KOSHKONONG -- The city of Koshkonong has joined the Missouri One Call System. Koshkonong Mayor Rose Vandiver said this is a non-profit organization established for the protection of underground facilities.
"Missouri law requires anyone planning to dig, drill or blast to report the location of the dig site by calling 800-344-7483. The MOCS operator will enter the necessary information and then notify the city along with other member utilities of impending excavation," the mayor said. Vandiver said then the utilities company will mark the location of the facilities at the dig site, allowing the excavator to dig safely.
The mayor said digging without knowledge of what is located underground can cause injury or interrupted service and result in expensive repairs for the excavator and the utility company.
"We will be calling the MOCS at least two working days prior to any excavation to notify utility companies of the planned excavation and inform them of the location of the work in the city that we will be doing. The utilities will then mark the dig site for the protection of both the excavator and their facilities. There is no charge to the excavator for the service," Vandiver said. The mayor said this is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service.
Koshkonong is now one of over 1,000 MOCS members. Legislation requires all owner/operators of underground facilities statewide to participate in the MOCS.