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Landscaping Around Transformers

In many of the newer neighborhoods, MDU installs the electric facilities underground. While this eliminates poles and lines overhead, it requires us to install transformers and junction boxes in your yard.

Many homeowners don’t consider electric transformers and junction boxes beautiful lawn ornaments. They may try to disguise them with ornamental planting, which unfortunately creates a hazardous situation. For your safety and electric reliability, allow two feet of space on the sides and behind the transformer. Allow eight feet of space in front of the transformer.

Please understand that when crews have to gain access to this equipment they may not be able to avoid damaging your plantings. Occasionally, transformers may require extensive repairs, or may need to be replaced. In order to ensure the safe operation of this equipment and a safe work zone for our crews, along with avoiding damage to plantings, it is imperative to keep plantings and other obstructions clear of the equipment.

Transformer Safety Warning Label

Powerline Safety Warning Label