Utility safety: Virginia Utility Protection Service launches VA811.com mobile site for excavating

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Roanoke, VA—Safety products: Virginia Utility Protection Service (VUPS), also known as Virginia 811, announced the launch of its VA811.com mobile site. The new mobile site will allow easy access for excavators, homeowners and utility operators to the most used pages of the VA811.com website.

“Safety is our number one priority and our mobile site makes it easier for everyone to call 811 and access the information they need when planning to dig,” said Rick Pevarski, CEO of VUPS. “The use of mobile devices is only going to continue to increase, so it is necessary for us to provide a mobile site, especially with a good portion of our website users being out in the field without convenient access to a computer.”

The homepage of the mobile site has a button for homeowners to easily access Frequently Asked Questions, LETS (Location Enhanced Ticket Search) and the color code for utility markings. A button for professionals allows quick access to the law, events calendar and contact email. A ticket button takes visitors directly to LETS, TRE (Ticket Revision Express) and ticket search.

“We considered developing a traditional application for the smart phone,” said Pevarski. “However, many professionals in the field do not have the permissions necessary to download applications to their work phones. Our goal is to be as accessible as possible to as many of our customers as we can and the mobile site is the best way to achieve this.”

Dialing 8-1-1 connects homeowners and contractors intending to dig with Virginia 811 (also known as Miss Utility of Virginia), the state wide one-call center located in Roanoke, Va. A ticket is created with each call and then Virginia 811 notifies the appropriate utilities of the intent to dig. Professional locators are sent in person to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. The utility marking is done by the utility owners at no charge to ensure the public’s safety.

For more information about Virginia Utility Protection Service or other excavation products, click here to go to Utility Products’ Buyers Guide.

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