Hy­dro-Québec to prune trees near its net­work

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

To en­sure the safety of peo­ple and the qual­ity of its ser­vice, Hy­dro-Québec must keep its lines free of veg­e­ta­tion within a safe dis­tance of the elec­tri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion net­work. Over the next few months, prun­ing work will be done on trees bor­der­ing the net­work in var­i­ous sec­tors of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Austin, Bolton-East, Ma­gog, Pot­ton and Saint-Éti­enne-de-Bolton. The com­pany charged with do­ing the work is Ar­bori­cul­ture from Beauce.

On av­er­age, nearly half of the power short­ages in Québec are caused by fall­ing branches or trees on power lines. As a pre­ven­tive mea­sure, Hy­dro-Québec car­ries out work to con­trol the veg­e­ta­tion on nearly 17,500 km of power lines, the equiv­a­lent of 65 times the dis­tance be­tween Mon­tréal and Québec.

Hy­dro-Québec re­minds its cus­tomers that it is dan­ger­ous to come too close to the elec­tri­cal net­work. Only Hy­dro-Québec em­ploy­ees and those of man­dated com­pa­nies are au­tho­rized to in­ter­vene less than 3 me­ters from power lines. You should never try to prune or cut trees close to power lines your­selves.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the types of trees that can be planted close to the net­work, Hy­dro-Québec’s veg­e­ta­tion con­trol, or to ask for trees to be pruned near the net­work, visit the Hy­dro-Québec web­site at www.hy­droque­bec.com/trees.

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