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How to Locate Buried Utility Lines in Your Yard

By: Tricia Craven Worley

Before digging in your yard, call 811 to have utility companies come out and mark any underground utility lines, and do not dig within 2’ of marked lines. Lines are marked with the following color coded paint:

  • Red: Electric lines
  • Yellow: Gas lines
  • Orange: Cable TV lines
  • Blue: Water lines
  • Green: Sewage lines



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  • Berry Says:
    March 27th, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Greg the reason that water utility will NOT locate on your property is that after the water meter box (your service) is yours, the reason gas,phone or electric will locate on your property is that the utility responsible to the meter which runs on private property it is very uncommon for a wmb on private property, let’s say for an example you have a water leak past the meter and your a do it yourself incompetent renter you hook up a garden hose from the box to the house how can a utility company located it, they can’t and wont

  • Russell Miskanis Says:
    September 25th, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Ok guys. I found the S stamped in the curb. (Sewer clean out ) is what I’m looking for. How far from the S. Would I look for it ? …four feet from the house ? Or four feet from the curb where it’s marked ????

  • Greg Ruiz Says:
    September 8th, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    People s/b aware that water utility companies will not locate and mark water lines on your property. They will only locate and mark where service enters your meter near curb or street. They claim it’s not their responsibility and do not have capability to locate and will not come on private property. I have had other utilities locate and mark location on my property: electric, telephone, cable TV.

  • Niel koenig Says:
    April 8th, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    How do I mark non corporate (propane tank) Miss utility will NOT mark or look for them

  • joebear Says:
    April 8th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Orange is also for telephone lines

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How to Locate Buried Utility Lines in Your Yard