Hydro-Québec to prune trees near its network
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.