It is now easier to know what an underground utility line 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. 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. Before digging through a certain piece of land, the OSHA requires that the underground utilities be located. It is to prevent disaster. 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.
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. This is then something that affects 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. The colors below indicate the kind of utility uses it.
White lines are for proposed excavation sites. You can mark areas with white lines that will soon be excavated.
Pink lines are temporary survey markings. Surveyors use pink lines to mark off legal property boundaries.
If you see red lines, then you can be sure that these are electric power lines, cable, conduit, and lighting cables. 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. If you see blue lines then these are lines for potable water. Purple lines are used for reclaimed water, irrigation, and slurry 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.