GREENSBORO, NC (November 7, 2016) The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for October, 2016 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.

Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority.  Cherokee Water and Sewer have shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe.  “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for:  The commitment to keeping the community safe while excavating and providing a vital utility service to their customers,” said NC811’s Director of Education Ann Rushing.  Since the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are a sovereign nation, choosing to become a member of NC811 is a step in keeping their community safe.

NC811 acknowledged the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s commitment to damage prevention at the NC811 3rd quarter board meeting on Friday, October 21, 2016 with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate.

“The Cherokee Water and Sewer Department is honored to receive this award and we strongly support damage prevention by working with NC811. By working together, our organization is more efficient, safer and has helped to be more cost effective in our day to day operations” said Ethan Arch, Water and Sewer Field Technician Supervisor.

Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.

About NC811
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging. To learn more, visit

 About Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
The Cherokee Water and Sewer Operations and Maintenance Department was created in 1964 by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians to produce, develop, distribute and sell domestic water and sanitary sewer services within the Qualla boundary. The Cherokee Water and sewer Department strives to provide safe,
high quality and reliable water and sewer service too residential, commercial, and industrial customers within the Cherokee Water and Sewer systems. Our goal is to provide these services in an efficient and cost effective way to maintain reasonable rates while continually planning, maintaining, and upgrading our facilities to meet current and future needs. To learn more,

Media Contact:
Ann Rushing
(336) 944-5518