WEL offers tree trimming
WEL Network has advised North Waikato residents to use the company’s arborist team in aid of avoiding unplanned power outages.
The company said untrimmed trees near power lines account for a fifth of unplanned power outages in Waikato communities.
WEL services general manager David van Deventer said the ‘‘extremely inconvenient’’ outages could be avoided.
‘‘The recent wild weather may have highlighted unruly trees on your property so the calm before the next possible storm is a good time to trim trees around power lines’’.
But van Deventer said it was a job best left to experts.’’Please don’t take the risk. We have a team of qualified arborists who provide vegetation management services to the community.
‘‘We also routinely monitor trees around our network to identify any that may have an impact on overhead power lines.’’
He said WEL Networks will also take a proactive approach if a tree posed a particular threat to community safety.
And work would only start with the property owner’s consent and with a highly-trained arborist team who carry WEL identification with them. Any trees obtruding on WEL Network power lines may be entitled to one free fell or trim.