Are you ready for Spring? Play it Safe!
As your electric cooperative, it’s our responsibility to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric to all of our members. One of the ways we do that is through proven vegetation management activities such as tree trimming, tree removal, mowing, and herbicide application. These practices conserve and enhance the vast natural resources of the Delmarva Peninsula that are touched by the Cooperative’s maintained utility lines.
Since May of 2003, all tree trimming and mowing operations have been performed by Asplundh Tree Experts of Willow Grove, PA. Over this thirteen (13) year period, Asplundh has provided a mix of resources at a reasonable rate to assist the Cooperative in its effort to maintain vegetation and minimizes it impacts to our infastructure.
But what can our members do to help us maintain these right-of-ways? Some simple things our members can do is think before you plant. When you are looking at planting bushes, shrubs, or trees, look up and see if there are any power lines above, or near that spot. Some trees could grow up and interfere with power lines, so instead, think of planting shorter bushes or shrubs near those areas.
Another way to protect your yard and your life is to call before you dig. Calling before you dig means when you are finding a new spot for your mailbox, or installing that new fence, call 811 which is a free service that marks out underground utility lines, pipes, and cables. This way, you aren’t causing damage to any utility lines, which can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm diggers and potentially result in fines and repair costs, or potentially, your life. For more information about local services, visit http://www.missutilitydelmarva.com/.