The Beginner’s Guide to

Standard Colors for Your Underground Utilities

Underground utilities can easily be identified today. However, a long time ago, it was difficult to identify these utility lines and so when people try to dig there were many risks involved. Although not completely eliminated, risks today have been reduced. In order to prevent harm, it is important to know or identify these utility lines if your need to dig the ground. The OSHA requires that utilities underground first be located before digging through a piece of land. Otherwise it can be something disastrous. The worst thing that can happen if lines are not identified is that fatal injuries can happen. It can also interrupt services in your area where the line is located. To prevent these types of incidents, it is important for property owners to call 811 so utility companies can identify their undergoing lines. When the number is called, you can let the utility companies come out and mark their respective lines.

Marking lines may lessen the risks but there are time when accidents still happen. Utility lines are struck every 6 minutes, some place. When this happens, it affects traffic lights, wastewater pipes, telecommunication lines and more. Public heath and safety is affected when this happens.

With the use of GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar, companies can locate utility lines. This has made it easier to locate utility lies underground and other important things. Calling 811 is enough for the property owner to let companies located their lines.

It is easier to identify underground utility lines today because they now use different colors for each utility. Below are some of the colors used for different utility lines.

White lines are for proposed excavation sites. It locates areas that will be excavated in the near future.

Pink lines are temporary survey markings. Surveyors use pink lines to mark off legal property boundaries.

Red lines are used to mark electric power lines, cable, conduit, and lighting cable. The color red is associated with fire and danger so it is just appropriate to use it for electrical works.

If you see yellow lines, then they are lines for gas, oil, steam, petroleum, and gaseous materials. Natural gas leaks can create potentially disastrous situations and this is why it is appropriate to use the bright yellow color.

Orange lines are used for communication, alarm, signal lines, cable or conduit. Lines for potable water use blue lines. If you see purple lines, that this is for reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines. If you see the color green, then it indicates sewer and drain lines. Hitting this line can truly derail any project for a long period of time.

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