Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Beginning in January, hydro line clearing is taking place in south west Oakville (zone 1: both sides of Rebecca Street between Burloak Drive and Fourth Line and south to Lake Ontario). The town’s professional contractor will prune trees on behalf of Oakville Hydro to ensure safe clearance around hydro lines and to minimize safety hazards and power outages.
Trees are pruned on a four-year cycle to the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) industry standard of providing a minimum three metre (10-foot) clearance between branches and primary power lines and one metre (three feet) for secondary lines. In rare instances, trees growing too close to hydro lines may require removal when the clearance standard cannot be achieved using acceptable pruning practices. In some situations, the town must prune or remove privately owned trees if they are growing too close to hydro lines. In cases where hydro lines are located in rear yards, Oakville Hydro has an easement through the property which allows the arborist to access the tree.