Getting Down To Basics with
Undergoung Utilities and their Standard Colors
If you find underground utilities, you can easily determine what type of utility it is for. The risk was high before when people could not easily identify the type of utility lines underneath whenever they dig. Today, the risks have been lessened although not completely eliminated. In order to prevent harm, it is important to know or identify these utility lines if your need to dig the ground. 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. Fatal injuries can happen if underground utility lines are struck. Services in the area where the lines are located can experience interruption. People can call 811 to prevent these incidents, before they proceed with digging their property. 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 utility lines are stuck it causes disturbances in traffic lights wastewater pipes, telecommunication lines and more. These incidents affect public health and safety.
GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar is used by companies to locate their utility lines. 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.
It is easier to identify underground utility lines today because they now use different colors for each utility. The colors below indicate the kind of utility uses it.
White lines are for proposed excavation sites. It locates areas that will be excavated in the near future.
If you see pink lines, they are temporary survey markings. Legal property boundaries are marked off by these pink lines.
If you see red lines, then you can be sure that these are electric power lines, cable, conduit, and lighting cables. The color red is perfect for electric works because it is associated with fire and danger.
Lines for gas, oil, steam, petroleum, and gaseous materials use the color yellow. Natural gas leaks can create potentially disastrous situations and this is why it is appropriate to use the bright yellow color.
If you see orange lines, then you should associate this with 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. A project can be derailed for a long time when these utility lines are hit.