The City has a continuing program to underground all overhead electric systems, specifically communication and power lines. The undergrounding of overhead electric systems improves system reliability, and the aesthetic quality of an area is enhanced by the removal of unsightly utility poles and overhead wires. Although the affected utilities are currently preparing draft plans for the undergrounding system, an established underground utility district is necessary to require the affected property owners to underground their private property facilities. PWP, AT&T, Champion Broadband, and Charter Communications will be installing new underground facilities in order to maintain their existing services. Utilities will enter into a joint trench agreement with the Department of Water and Power’s contractor, in which all utilities will share in the space and cost of the trench.
Please visit Street Lighting and Electric System Undergrounding or you may call the Department of Public Works at (626) 744-7311.