- Overhead power lines: Determine if the plant is suitable for the desired location by selecting trees and shrubs based on their size at full maturity. Avoid hazardous conditions and costly service interruptions by planting tall-growing trees at least 50 feet away from power line poles. Small growing trees and shrubs should be placed at least 20 feet away from poles. Plant trees and shrubs away from utilities. If planting trees near overhead lines, place taller trees away from overhead lines and use shorter, slower-growing trees for closer planting.
- Underground power lines: Planting too close to underground utilities can create major damage. Expanding tree roots can lift or crush utility lines or cables, creating additional problems related to service loss, environmental hazards, and costly repairs. Call 811 before you dig. It’s important to note that 811 locators will not identify secondary YVEA power lines.
We advise contacting a local secondary line locator to be sure all utilities are marked prior to planting. For recommendations on secondary line locators contact YVEA.
- Pad-mounted transformer (green box) clearance: Avoid planting in front of transformer doors. Allow 10 feet of clearance in front of transformer doors, and 4 feet of clearance around the sides and back.
- Access to equipment: To help ensure reliable service, YVEA personnel must have unobstructed access to equipment at all times. Members are responsible for keeping areas around electric meters, transformers, or other electrical equipment free of any vegetation.
Neglect one simple step and you could dig yourself into deep trouble. So “call before you dig.” Visit the Call Before You Dig page for more information.
It’s critical that you make sure all lines are located before you dig. Calling 811 will not cover you for YVEA secondary lines to your home or business. To have your secondary lines located you will need to contact a local locator. Contact us for recommendations.