Standard Colors for Your Underground Utilities
If you find underground utilities, you can easily determine what type of utility it is for. However, a long time ago, it was difficult to identify these utility lines and so when people try to dig there were many risks involved. 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. Before digging through a certain piece of land, the OSHA requires that the underground utilities be located. Otherwise it can be something disastrous. Fatal injuries can happen if underground utility lines are struck. It can also interrupt services in your area where the line is located. Before digging their property, people should call 811 to call the utility companies so that these incidents are prevented. Calling the 811 number will enable utility companies to come out and mark their respective utility lines.
But, despite the marks, there will sill be accidents. The reality is that there is an incident almost every 6 minutes where utility line are struck. When utility lines are stuck it causes disturbances in traffic lights wastewater pipes, telecommunication lines and more. This is then something that affects public health and safety.
Companies can locate utility lines through the use of GPR or Ground Penetrating Radar. 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.
There are certain colors that mark different utility lines for easy identification. Here are the colors used for different utilities.
White lines are for proposed excavation sites. Area that will be excavated in the future are marked.
Temporary survey markings use pink lines. Surveyors use pink lines 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. 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.