The Importance of Colors of Underground Utility Lines
If you find underground utilities, you can easily determine what type of utility it is for. Before, it was difficult to do so and people were at risk if they try to make a dig without being able to identify all the lines underneath the land. Today, the risks have been lessened although not completely eliminated. If there is a need to dig the ground, it is very important that the utility lines first be identified. The OSHA requires that utilities underground first be located before digging through a piece of land. It is to prevent disaster. If you hit any of the underground utility lines while digging then you can be fatally injured. The location of the areas where the lines were struck can experience service interruption. 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.
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 this happens, it affects traffic lights, wastewater pipes, telecommunication lines and more. These incidents affect public health and safety.
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.
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. Area that will be excavated in the future are marked.
If you see pink lines, they are temporary survey markings. These are used by surveyors to mark off legal property boundaries.
Electric power lines, cable, conduit, and lighting cable use red lines. 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. Bright yellow is an appropriate warning color since it is very disastrous to have a natural gas leak.
If you see orange lines, then you should associate this with communication., alarm, signal lines, cable or conduit. If you see blue lines then these are lines for potable water. If you see purple lines, that this is for reclaimed water, irrigation and slurry lines. Sewer and drain lines use the color green. A project can be derailed for a long time when these utility lines are hit.