Getting your lines marked is quick and easy with 811. When you dial 811, your call is forwarded to the One Call Center in your area for processing. Local One Call Center operators record the location of the dig and then notify the affected utility companies of your digging plans. Your utility companies then dispatch a professional locating crew to mark the approximate location of your lines within a few days.  You should be sure to call 811 a few days in advance of your scheduled dig to allow time for the request to be processed. Once your lines are marked, you will know their approximate location and you can dig safely. Knowing what’s below will protect you, your family and your neighbors.

NRUNorthwest Requirements Utilities (NRU) is a non-profit trade association founded in 2002.  Our 50 member utilities are located in 7 states served by BPA: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, and California. This includes 13 municipals, 7 PUDs, and 30 cooperatives.  Thier stated purpose is to “promote and advance the common business interests of smaller, primarily non-generating, consumer owned or publicly owned, electric distribution utilities which serve end-use electric consumers within the marketing area of BPA, and that rely on BPA as their primary supplier of wholesale power and transmission services.”

Northwest Public Power Association is an organization of over 150 public/people’s utility districts, electric cooperatives, municipalities and crown corporations in the Western U.S. and Canada. NWPPA also serves the sales and networking needs of over 280 Associate Members across the U.S. and Canada who are allied with the electric utility industry.  They are dedicated to serving the interests of thier members and the millions of electric customers they serve. They provide training and education, public information, communication, federal legislative coordination, surveys, data and networking opportunities and products and services for the utility industry.

Northwest River Partners’ member organizations include more than 40,000 farmers, 4 million electric utility customers, thousands of port jobs, 7,000 small businesses, and hundreds of large businesses that rely on the economic and environmental benefits of the Columbia and Snake rivers.  River Partners promotes all the benefits of the rivers – fish and wildlife, renewable hydropower, agriculture, flood control, commerce and recreation. They believe that salmon protection and recovery efforts need to be based in the best science, and that responsible policies will lead to increased salmon runs and increased economic opportunity for the entire Northwest.

The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board (SAJB) is comprised of twenty-two water purveyors throughout the Spokane area dedicated to providing safe, clean drinking water to your homes, offices and industries every day. Collectively they operate 122 wells, supplying drinking water to more than 300,000 people in the Spokane area. Each purveyor draws water from the same source – the SPOKANE VALLEY – RATHDRUM PRAIRIE AQUIFER.  Thier collective priority is to protect the public water supply by coordinating efforts, performing and sponsoring studies and investigations, and providing a discussion forum with respect to developing and implementing public water supply programs such as: wellhead protection, conservation, and protection of associated Water Rights.

Helping homeless and low-income families, children and seniors since 1966; SNAP is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency. SNAP’s goal is to help families and individuals make a successful transition from crisis to self-sufficiency and build new and healthy futures.  The largest private human-services agency in Spokane County, SNAP’s staff focus on serving the whole family and are committed to providing a wide-range of accessible services to those living in poverty. SNAP has positioned neighborhood offices to provide the most basic of human needs that many of us take for granted.


wreaWRECA represents approximately 20 small mutual electric companies and rural electric cooperatives throughout Washington! Our members serve over 280,000 customers at approximately 149,000 locations throughout Washington.  That is nearly one-fourth of Washington when measured by surface area!  All of our members use either the “cooperative” or “mutual” business model, which means that they serve their customers on a non-profit basis!  WRECA’s mission is to proactively lobby for Washington State legislation that is in our members’ best interests while simultaneously defending against legislation and agency action that negatively impacts the rural electric industry.

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) is the Regional Entity responsible for coordinating and promoting bulk electric system reliability in the Western Interconnection.  WECC is geographically the largest and most diverse of the eight Regional Entities that have Delegation Agreements with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). WECC’s service territory extends from Canada to Mexico. It includes the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico, and all or portions of the 14 Western states between.  WECC and its members face unique challenges in coordinating the day-to-day interconnected system operation and the long-range planning needed to provide reliable electric service across nearly 1.8 million square miles.

 Hydroelectricity is the original Northwest renewable resource.  It is the most efficient form of electricity generation.  For more Clean Hydro Fast Facts click on the logo.