Before You Dig

DigState laws require anyone who digs to notify utility companies before starting, and for good reason. Digging can be dangerous and costly without knowing where underground facilities are located.

Dig Safe System, Inc. is a communication network, assisting excavators, contractors and property owners in complying with state law by notifying the appropriate utilities before digging. Dig Safe¨, a free service, notifies member companies of proposed excavation projects. In turn, these member utilities respond to the work area and identify the location of underground facilities. Callers are given a permit number as confirmation.

The toll free number is: 888-DIG-SAFE (344-7233)
Or visit the DIG SAFE website


PLEASE NOTE that the Harwich Water Department is not a member of Dig Safe, so after you call digsafe, please call our office at 508-432-0304 to request a markout.   The fee charged for said markout is $25 each for up to two (2).  If more than two (2) markouts are requested, the charge of $50 per hour will be assessed.