It’s easy to take electricity for granted since it’s usually hidden behind a switch or wall. But, it can be underground, too, which is why you need to take extra care with digging and landscaping projects this spring. Your diligence could save lives: yours as well as those of GVEC linemen. Learn more about the hazardous nature of electricity at our May 25 safety event. We’ll be giving two demonstrations: electrical arcing and what happens when a live underground line is hit.

Just call…that’s all?

If you put up a fence, build a deck or do anything that requires digging in the ground, it’s the law that you call 811 at least 48 hours before you begin. This number connects you to the Texas811 agency. As a free service, they’ll contact professional locators to mark public underground utility lines, so you’ll know where NOT to dig.

Otherwise, if you damage a line when digging, you could be financially liable. That’s not to mention the potential of injury if you hit a live wire or the disruption of service you might cause in your neighborhood.

Take note: When the locator for GVEC arrives, only the GVEC-owned electric line will be located. This is the line that ends at your outdoor electric box. If any additional lines have been added, such as private electric services that are below the electric panel, you’ll need to contact an electrician to locate them.

That’s too close!

You can prevent outages, make electrical repairs easier, and help protect GVEC’s electric equipment by following planting guidelines around electric equipment and along easements.

Think deep: Roots can interfere with equipment and vegetation may impede repair and maintenance. Keep areas clear around padmount transformers (big green boxes). Plant shrubs and flowers at least 3 to 4 feet away from the back and sides, and 12 feet from the front.

Plan ahead: Plant vegetation away from power lines so, at maturity, branches won’t grow into the easement area. Otherwise, it will be at risk for removal during power line maintenance or repair.

Did You Know?

  • If you’ll be digging near GVEC electric lines, call us. For your safety, we can temporarily disconnect your service at no charge. 800.223.4832.


  • You’re also responsible for notifying your local utility 48 hours in advance if you’ll be using farming or other large equipment within 10 feet of a power line.


You’re Invited!

Eagle Ford Safety Day East

FREE & Open to the Community

Thursday, May 25, 2017

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

GVEC Thomas A. Coor Training Facility
917 CR 242  |  Gonzales, TX 78629

This day of safety training and demonstrations is for everyone—from homeowners with backyard digging projects to excavation professionals.

It’s also for first responders, local utilities, municipalities, construction companies, public safety officials, oil field and related companies, and utility and communication workers.

For more information, click Eagle Ford Safety Day East under Special Events at

Activities Include:

  • Safety Demonstration
  • The dangers of electricity, including
    GVEC’s live underground electric strike
  • Live gas line rupture
  • Hands-on equipment demos
  • Free safety training
  • Backhoe Rodeo Competition
  • Free Health Fair
    by Gonzales Healthcare Systems

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