How to Dig Safely

April Is National Dig Safe Month

What happens when you need a job that requires BASEco to dig?

In Utah we have a service called Blue Stakes. Here at BASEco we work with Blue Stakes to make sure when we need to dig to  install our solutions that your underground services are being protected. Two business days before your appointment date we request a Blue Stake ticket. If they see there are any utilities that need markings they will come out and mark them so our technicians can dig safely.

Excavator Dig Excavating Around Sprinkler LinesDig by Hand

What do the markings mean? 

RED – Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables
YELLOW – Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
ORANGE – Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
BLUE – Potable Water
PURPLE – Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
GREEN – Sewers and Drain Lines
WHITE – Proposed Excavation
PINK – Temporary Survey Markings

What about Private Utility Lines? 

Utah law requires utility owners to mark only the lines that they own and maintain. This usually means up to the meter. Underground lines that extend beyond the meter or that are not connected to a meter are typically not installed or owned by a utility company and therefore may not be marked. These include water and sewer laterals, power to a detached garage or lamppost, sprinkler / irrigation systems, lines connected to a propane tank or septic system, etc.

If you know of any private lines it is best to let us know before hand. Speak with your Foundation Specialist about the best plan to prevent these lines from being damaged. 

Some of these solutions are digging by hand, or contacting a third party company that can mark private lines. To find a third party company click here.

BASEco will always do a manual dig by hand when necessary to avoid damage to any utility lines.


If you have any further questions you can give us a call 801-200-3280












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