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A Guide to Required Clearances from Overhead Power Lines

To protect public safety, ensure a reliable supply of electricity, and adhere to provincial laws and regulations, Hydro Ottawa has defined minimum clearance requirements between buildings and overhead electrical power lines. If you plan on building anything near overhead power lines, you must follow important safety standards.

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Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Being prepared will help you and your family stay safe in case of an emergency, such as an extended power outage.

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Swimming Pools in the Vicinity of Hydro Wires

Swimming Pools in the Vicinity of Hydro Wires

Your safety is our primary concern. That's why we want you to be aware of all the regulations required under the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. In this pamphlet you will find overhead and underground wiring specifications, information regarding pool permits and underground locates, as well as energy management tips that will help the environment and, at the same time, save you money.

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Tree Planting Advice

Tree Planting Advice

Before you decide on the location of your new trees, you should consider the location of overhead and underground utility lines. These lines have a direct impact on both the type of tree and the planting site you select. Our booklet will assist you in planting the right tree in the right place.

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