The Importance of Colors of Underground Utility Lines

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. There is reduced risks today because of new methods of identifying utility lines although not a complete reduction. If there is a need to dig the ground, it is very important that the utility lines first be identified. If you need to dig through a piece of land today, you are required by the OSHA to first identify or locate underground utilities. It is to prevent disaster. 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. Utility companies can then mark out their respective lines when you call them out.

But, despite the marks, there will sill be accidents. It is said that every 6 minutes, there is a utility line that is struck. When utility lines are stuck it causes disturbances in traffic lights wastewater pipes, telecommunication lines and more. Public heath and safety is affected when this happens.

Companies can locate utility lines through the use of GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar. When locating utility lines underground, this machine makes it easy to do so. Companies can locate their utility lines if any property owner calls 811.

Today, utility lines are marked with different colors for easy identification. Here are the colors used for different utilities.

If you see white lines, then these are proposed excavation sites. It locates areas that will be excavated in the near future.

Temporary survey markings use pink lines. Legal property boundaries are marked off by these pink lines.

Red lines are used to mark electric power lines, cable, conduit, and lighting cable. This color is appropriate for electrical works since it is associated with fire and danger.

Lines for gas, oil, steam, petroleum, and gaseous materials use the color yellow. The bright color yellow is used to be a warning sign since a natural gas leak can create a potentially disastrous situation.

If you see orange lines, then you should associate this with communication., alarm, signal lines, cable or conduit. Blue lines are used for potable water. 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. A project can be derailed for a long time when these utility lines are hit.

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