Hydro line clearing starting January 2021

Thu, 07 Jan 2021

Tree pruning near hydro lines begins this January in south central Oakville (zone 3) from Chartwell Road to Fourth Line and Westdale Road, and from QEW to Lake Ontario.

The town’s professional contractor will prune trees on behalf of Oakville Hydro to ensure safe clearance around hydro lines, poles and guy lines to minimize safety hazards and power outages. Trees are pruned to the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) industry standard of providing a minimum three metre (10- foot) clearance around primary lines and a one-metre (three-foot) clearance around 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.

For more information visit our Tree Maintenance page or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601.