Utility easements are strips of land used by utility companies to construct and maintain water, electric, sewer, telephone, cable underground and overhead. The property owner owns all of the land, including the utility easements, however, utilities have a right to access that portion of land which has been designated a utility easement.
Utility easements are usually created at the time a plat for a new development is designed. Utility easements almost always exist along streets and along rear lots lines and sometimes between lots.
It is important to keep easements clear so they can perform routine and construction work because right of way easements have the power to do what it takes to maintain the utility.