What the PUC is up to this week

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PUC

PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of November 7th, 2016. This notice is organized into four sections; Electrical Line Clearing (Tree Trimming), Water Infrastructure Renewal, 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 week of November 7th – November 11th tree trimming will occur in the area between Goulias Avenue and Carpin Beach Road. 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 INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL
This year’s Water Infrastructure Renewal Projects (Street Reconstruction) are underway. The PUC will be working with city staff to keep affected customers informed on the following renewal projects:

· Second Ave (Wallace Terr. to Connaught Ave)

WATER OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES
Operational activities for the week are:
· Watermain Relining Project – Irwin Avenue and Tuckett Street
o 4 out of the 7 sections of watermain on Irwin Avenue and Tuckett Street have been successfully relined.
o Commissioning of the relined watermain on Tuckett Street is scheduled to begin early in the week
· Hydrant Winterization Program
o Crews are in the process of winterizing the city’s approximately 2,500 fire hydrants. This work is necessary to ensure all hydrants are able to function properly during the winter months.
· Second Avenue
o Installation of a new main is progressing north on Second Avenue starting from Wallace Terrace.
· McNabb Street and Great Northern Road
o A developer is installing a new commercial water service. During this process, PUC will oversee the testing and commissioning of this new service.
There is a chance customers in the areas impacted by Infrastructure Renewal or Operational Activities may experience a change in water quality. 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 nearing completion. 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.