FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Thousands of homes, businesses, hospitals and other critical facilities around Fairfield County rely on Eversource's power lines to deliver electricity every day, so protecting those lines is vital.
That’s why the company’s is busy year-round trimming and removing trees to protect the more than 17,000 miles of overhead power lines. This year, 132 communities will receive tree trimming, some of the most extensive work will be done in Waterbury along 162 miles of electric lines. Trees will also be trimmed along 121 miles in Westport and 100 miles in both New Milford and Greenwich. Additionally, significant pruning will be completed in Bristol, Enfield, Glastonbury, Middletown, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford, Torrington and Washington.
“Trees, especially the fall foliage, are one of the things that make Connecticut so beautiful. But as one of the most heavily wooded states in the country, they can have a devastating effect on the electric system,” said Sean Redding, manager of Vegetation Management at Eversource. “Our consistent tree trimming work not only improves day-to-day reliability for customers, it allows us to remove hazardous trees before Mother Nature does it first.”
This year alone, Eversource will invest $68 million in tree work around the state as part of the company’s comprehensive tree trimming program. The thoughtful plan balances the need for providing reliable electricity and community aesthetics.
Before work is done, Eversource’s team of licensed arborists closely collaborates with the tree warden in each town where work is done, and notifies customers in advance if trimming is necessary on their property.
For more information on the company’s tree trimming program, please visit Eversource.com.
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