Standard Colors for Your Underground Utilities
Underground utilities can easily be identified today. 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. There is reduced risks today because of new methods of identifying utility lines although not a complete reduction. It is thus important that we know how to identify these underground utilities if there is a need to dig the ground so that you can prevent harm. 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. Services in the area where the lines are located can experience interruption. Before digging their property, people should call 811 to call the utility companies so that these incidents are prevented. 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. The reality is that there is an incident almost every 6 minutes where utility line are struck. Traffic lights, wastewater pipes, telecommunication lines, etc. are affected when lines are struck. These incidents affect public health and safety.
Companies can locate utility lines through the use of GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar. With this machine, companies can easily locate utility lines. Calling 811 is enough for the property owner to let companies located their lines.
It is easier to identify underground utility lines today because they now use different colors for each utility. Below are some of the colors used for different utility lines.
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. 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. 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. 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. You can derail any project for a long time if you hit these lines.