Undergoung Utilities and their Standard Colors
It is now easier to know what an underground utility line is for. The risk was high before when people could not easily identify the type of utility lines underneath whenever they dig. 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. Before digging through a certain piece of land, the OSHA requires that the underground utilities be located. It is to prevent disaster. If you hit any of the underground utility lines while digging then you can be fatally injured. 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. Utility companies can then mark out their respective lines when you call them out.
Marking lines may lessen the risks but there are time when accidents still happen. 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. This is then something that affects public health and safety.
With the use of GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar, companies can locate utility lines. With this machine, companies can easily locate utility lines. Companies can locate their utility lines if any property owner calls 811.
Today, utility lines are marked with different colors for easy identification. Below are some of the colors used for different utility lines.
White lines are for proposed excavation sites. Area that will be excavated in the future are marked.
If you see pink lines, they are temporary survey markings. Surveyors use pink lines 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. 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. Reclaimed water, irrigation, and slurry lines used purple lines. Green lines are used for sewer and drain lines. A project can be derailed for a long time when these utility lines are hit.