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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Know Your Codes: Utility Marker Flags

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Our Public Works Department often receives questions from residents regarding the small, colored flags that are placed in their yard. Each color represents a utility, and they are usually placed when digging will be done on the owner’s property.

Our Public Works Department often receives questions from residents regarding the small, colored flags that are placed in their yard. Each color represents a utility, and they are usually placed when digging will be done on the owner’s property. Common reasons include: installation of “for sale” signs, water and/or sewer repair, fence placement, tree trimming and stump removal. If you have questions about why a flag was placed in your yard, please reference the chart below to see what utility company you should call:

• White: Area of proposed excavation (Contact your contractor)

• Pink: Temporary survey markings (Call the Anoka County surveyor at 763-324-3200)

• Purple: Reclaimed water, irrigation (Contact your contractor)

• Red: Electric (Call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999)

• Orange: Telecom (Call your phone, cable and internet provider)

• Yellow: Natural gas, oils and flammable material (Call CenterPoint Energy at 612-372-4727)

• Green: Sewers and drain lines (Call our Public Works Department at 763-572-3566)

• Blue: Water lines (Call our Public Works Department at 763-572-3566)

Call Before You Dig

Contact Gopher State One Call (GSOC) before starting any home project that requires you to dig. Whether it is a full excavation project or a simple installment of a new garden, it is best to get your work area marked. It will help keep you and your family safe while avoiding potential damages to utilities. Visit gopherstateonecall.org/homeowners or call 811 to file a locate request. 

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