What is a Utility Locate?

Utility locate

To install a fiber network in your neighborhood, we need to dig into the ground. However, we can’t just start digging because other utility lines run beneath the surface. Digging into these lines can be dangerous and disruptive, so we want to make sure we do our due diligence before starting to build your fiber network.

Before the crew comes in to dig bores, install splice boxes, or pull fiber optic cable, we conduct something called a utility locate. A utility locate is where a representative comes to your home or neighborhood to indicate where utility lines run underground so we can avoid them while we’re digging.

The Importance of a Utility Locate

Luminate Broadband’s fiber cables run underground, but so do other utility lines, such as gas and electrical lines and water pipes. Understanding where these lines run before excavation (whether Luminate, another utility, or you are doing the digging), helps protect your family and community from danger and disrupted utility service.

Can I Initiate a Utility Locate for Myself?

Yes! In fact, if you’re going to be digging on your own property, it’s required by law that you initiate a utility locate. It’s super easy and free. All you need to do is call 811 or visit colorado811.org/idig811 to submit a simple online request.

Utilizing this resource not only enables you to protect your family from injury and financial strain, it also helps keep your utilities running without issue. Call 811 to know what’s below today.

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What Do All of the Utility Locate Symbols Mean?

When a utility locator comes out to mark your property, they will mark the area with different color flags or paint. Yellow markings are for gas, oil, steam, petroleum, and other gaseous materials. Orange markings are for communication, cable TV, alarm systems, and signal lines. White markings are for the proposed excavation. Green markings are for sewers and drain lines. Red markings are for electric and power lines and lighting cables. Blue markings are for water, irrigation, and slurry lines, and pink markings are temporary survey markings.

Will I Be Notified Before a Utility Locator Comes to My Home?

Utility locators are not Luminate employees, but they should notify you before their arrival. If you have any questions, reach out to the agency directly.

Utility locates help keep your family safe during our installation process and any other digging you might do.