Private Lines and Public Lines

Private Line Infographic courtesy of North Carolina 811 (

Infographic courtesy of North Carolina 811 (

Idaho law requires underground facility owners to locate and mark only the lines they own and maintain.

Utility companies own and maintain public lines, and each company may define at exactly what point its service ends, whether on public or private property. At the utility company’s expense, utility lines are located to the “dissemination point” or “point of service,” which usually means up to the meter.

Underground lines that extend beyond the dissemination point are private lines. They are typically not installed, owned, or maintained by the utility company. Private lines may include water and sewer laterals, utility lines to an outbuilding, sprinkler irrigation systems (pivots), gas barbecue grills, or lines connected to a propane tank or septic system.

Before excavation, the excavator should check with the property owner as to the location of private lines. If you need to locate private lines, consider hiring one of the locators below.
If you need additional information, contact DIGLINE, and we will be happy to assist you.





Southern Idaho – including Twin Falls, Burley, Sun Valley, Pocatello, and Boise Advanced Underground Imaging Services – David Patterson
Central to Northern Idaho Advanced Underground Utility Locating – Shawn Rushing 509-710-2621
Southwestern Idaho –
North to Riggins, east to Mtn Home, west to OR, and south to NV
ELM Locating – Alan Volbrecht 208-241-0760
Eastern Idaho –
American Falls north to MT, east to WY, and south to UT,
including Pocatello/Idaho Falls area
ELM Locating – Mike Nassar 208-520-6600

All Areas

Gem State Locating
– Ed Belt


Ada County

Hidden Pet Fence
– Randall Roberts, Underground Pet Fences and Private Sprinklers Only


All Areas

Lateral Concepts, LLC
– Brad, Sewer & Septic Only

SW Idaho to Twin Falls to N of McCall Locate Idaho – Tom Rivera 208-602-8798

All Areas

Magic Valley Private Locators 
– Bob Pace


Mtn Home to Ontario (anything within an hour of Boise)

Private Locator 
– Steven Rook


Mtn Home to Oregon

TNT Underground
– Tim O’Leary


Mtn Home to Oregon

Quality Electric

North, South, and East of Pocatello USIC – Eric Kramer 208-351-7215