Planting Trees and Plants

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Planting near IID equipment

Landscaping in both residential and commercial settings provides an attractive way to dress up any property. However, landscaping can be dangerous if items are planted too close to IID’s electrical equipment.

In the event of a power outage, or equipment failure, it is vital that IID personnel have immediate and safe access to its equipment to make the needed repairs.

For your safety, and that of the electrical workers, it is important to adhere to standards that limit landscaping around electrical facilities.

Things to avoid when planting

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Under power lines
Do not plant trees or palms that can grow taller than 15 feet under power lines.            

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Next to power poles
Avoid planting vegetation next to power poles where vegetation can impede IID operations.

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Next to equipment boxes
Avoid planting vegetation near equipment boxes where root systems may cause damage.

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Landscape irrigation systems
Do not allow water spray on equipment boxes and on power poles.

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Often, many trees are planted under lID’s right-of-way and are in close proximity of power lines creating hazardous conditions.

Carefully consider the type of tree you plant near IID power lines and equipment so that these do not pose a hazard to you or your community

Before you dig
Before you start any landscaping project, call the Underground Service Alert, toll free, at 8-1-1 two working days before you begin your project. Experts will locate electric, gas, telephone, water and sewer lines on your land. If you notice vegetation growing into IID’s power lines or equipment, please contact our energy Customer Service Center.