Spring may be the time for planting trees or digging post holes for a new fence, but this activity can be a time of problems for public utilities.

That's because ground-digging activities can result in severed lines that cause safety problems for the digger, but can result in service interruption for hundreds of customers.To prevent problems of severed public utility lines, Mountain Bell, Utah Power & Light Co. and Mountain Fuel Supply Co. have the Blue Stakes Center operating from 7:35 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. Monday through Friday.

People anticipating doing some digging can call center manager Todd West. He stressed the call should be made before any digging is done, because if a line is severed the digger will pay for repairs.

West will send a representative to the site and stake out any underground cables or lines at no cost to the caller. If there are no lines in the area, excavators will be notified over the telephone by a Blue Stakes representative that it is all right to dig.