PUC This Week

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PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of December 5th, 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 week of December 5th – December 9th 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 OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES
Operational activities for the week are:
· Watermain Relining Project – Irwin Avenue and Tuckett Street
o The Watermain Relining Project on Irwin Avenue and Tuckett Street is now complete; both mains have been re-lined and are back in service.
o Asphalt repairs and general cleanup are underway in the neighbourhood.
· Sir James Dunn School – Wellington Street East
o A contractor is removing the existing water service as part of the building’s demolition. During this process, PUC will oversee the disconnection and capping of the water service.
· 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.
There is a chance customers in the areas impacted by 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.