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Landscaping Guidelines

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Utility equipment in your yard or the easement near your home can include transformers, electric utility boxes and cable, fire hydrants, meter pits, meter readouts and manholes. These guidelines help ensure the safety of crews, eliminate delays when restoring service during outages and ensure emergency personal have quick access to fire hydrants.

Electrical Equipment:

  • Look up before you plant trees. Do not plant trees next to or under overhead power lines. The little tree you're planting today could eventually grow into the lines, creating a safety hazard for our maintenance crews. Plus, fallen limbs are a leading cause of power outages.

  • Leave 5-foot clearances on the side and back of electric utility boxes and at least 10-foot clearance in front of electric utility box doors.

  • Do not paint transformers or other electrical equipment. Contact Loveland Water and Power if equipment needs attention.

  • Keep shrubs trimmed and landscaping materials at a minimum to allow visibility to electric crews. 

Fire Hydrants:Fire Hydrant Landscaping

  • Leave a 3-foot clearance around fire hydrants.

  • 15-foot clearance above hydrant.

  • 18-inches of vertical clearance from the hydrant’s base to the center of the large cap. This allows crews to quickly connect fire hoses and/or conduct maintenance.

  • Keep trees 10-feet from hydrants and bushes 5-feet from hydrants.

  • Keep shrubs trimmed and landscaping materials at a minimum to allow visibility to utility crews and emergency personnel.

  • Never paint a fire hydrant.

  • Do not obstruct the view of the hydrant from the street in any direction.

Meters and Meter Pits:

  • Leave a 1-foot clear semi-circle around meter pits and manholes and clearance completely open to sidewalks or curbs.

  • Keep shrubs trimmed and landscaping materials at a minimum to allow visibility to meter readouts, meter pits and manholes. Please do not fence in your electric meter or build structures over manholes and water meters.

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