PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of April 25th, 2016. This notice is organized into three sections; Electrical Line Clearing (Tree Trimming), Water Operations Activities, and the LED Streetlight Conversion Project.
ELECTRICAL LINE CLEARING PROGRAM (TREE TRIMMING)
Each year, PUC Forestry Technicians inspect Sault Ste. Marie’s electrical distribution system. During this process, trees near power lines are trimmed or removed as needed by our line-clearing contractor Asplundh Canada to reduce the risk of contact with high voltage electrical wires. The purpose of this work is to ensure public safety while at the same time improving the reliability of our city’s electrical system by reducing the number of unplanned power interruptions. Completing this inspection and trimming program for the entire city takes approximately three years.
For the period of April 25th – April 29th, 2016 street tree trimming will occur in the area general bounded by, Wellington Street West to Goulias Avenue, and Second Line West to Wallace Terrace. Customers are reminded that if they have a dead tree or notice one near overhead electrical lines to please contact PUC Customer Care at 705-759-6522.
WATER OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES
Operational activities for the week are:
· Dacey Road and Chambers Avenue
o A developer is installing a commercial water service for a new development. During this process, PUC will oversee the testing and commissioning of this new service.
o In order to perform this connection, a section of watermain on Dacey Road will need to be isolated from the distribution system. During the isolation process, the operation of valves on Dacey Road has the potential to cause flow reversals within the distribution system. This flow reversal may cause discoloured water in the area. This is because anytime there is a significant shift in the rate or direction of flow of water in the distribution system, sediment in the watermains can be disturbed and carried along with the water. Customers are asked to contact PUC Customer Care should they experience discoloured water or any unusual change in water quality.
LED STREETLIGHT CONVERSION PROJECT
The conversion of Sault Ste. Marie’s 9,050 High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights to the more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures is resuming. Customers looking for more information on the project, or for project status updates, are encouraged to visit the PUC’s website.
The PUC would like to remind all customers that work scheduled for next week is tentative and subject to change due to weather or resource constraints.