The Importance of Colors of Underground Utility Lines
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. The OSHA requires that utilities underground first be located before digging through a piece of land. You dont want something disastrous to occur. The worst thing that can happen if lines are not identified is that fatal injuries can happen. 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.
Sometimes, even if the lines are marked accidents still happen. 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.
GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar is used by companies to locate their utility lines. With this machine, companies can easily locate utility lines. 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. 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.
Temporary survey markings use pink lines. These are used by surveyors to mark off legal property boundaries.
Red lines are used to mark electric power lines, cable, conduit, and lighting cable. 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. 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.