Utility color codes are used to identify existing underground utilities in construction areas, to protect them from damage during excavation. Colored lines, flags, or both are used to mark the location and denote the type of underground utility.
A special type of spray paint, which works when the can is upside-down, is used to mark lines, often in a fluorescent color. On flags, a logo often identifies the company or municipal utility which the lines belong to.
In the United States, the American Public Works Association (APWA) Uniform Color Codes for temporary marking of underground utilities are listed below.
APWA Uniform Color Codes
|Red||electric power lines, cables, conduit, and lighting cables|
|Orange||telecommunication, alarm or signal lines, cables, or conduit|
|Yellow||natural gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or other gaseous or flammable material|
|Green||sewers and drain lines|
|Purple||reclaimed water, irrigation, and slurry lines|
|Pink||temporary survey markings, unknown/unidentified facilities|
|White||proposed excavation limits or route|
Some municipalities use the pink paint to make lines and codes on the pavements related to required street improvements such as ramp replacement, asphalt grinding and form injection. These markings are not related to utility locating.
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