Ever noticed a bunch of spray-painted lines on the street? Of course you have (I’m not talking about graffiti).

What do these strange markings mean?

The standard color-coding system used by most utilities is:

Red: Electric power lines, cables or conduit; lighting cables.

Yellow: Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or other hazardous liquids or gases.

Orange: Communication, cable TV, alarms or other types of signal lines, cables or conduits.

Blue: Water and irrigation lines.

Green: Sewer lines, storm sewer facilities or other drain lines.

Just thought you should know.

Source: Before digging anything else, dig this – By Paul Bianchina, Inman News, by way of The Boston Globe

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