What do the colored flags in the ground mean?
At one time or another, you’ve probably noticed small flags of various colors placed in your yard or in the grass around town. Sometimes the grass is also marked with paint. What does this mean?
It means someone in the vicinity is planning to do some digging and they called Diggers' Hotline at 811 to mark the areas where utilities such as electricity, water, gas, phone or other lines are buried. If these lines are not marked and someone digs up a line, it could be detrimental.
But what do all the different colors mean? The American Public Works Association has color-coded all utilities so it’s easy for those in the industry to immediately identify what utility is running where. Here’s a key to the flags’ colors:
RED – Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables
YELLOW – Gas, Oil, Steam Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
ORANGE – Communication, Cable TV, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
BLUE – Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
GREEN – Sewers and Drain Lines
PINK – Temporary Survey Markings
WHITE – Proposed Excavation
Remember to call Digger’s Hotline at (800) 242-8511 or dial 811 before you dig. Having underground facilities properly located could save your life!