PUC this week


PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of May 22nd, 2017. This notice is organised into three sections; Electrical Line Clearing (Tree Trimming), Water Operations Activities, and Unidirectional Flushing Program (UDF).

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 four years.
For the week of May 23rd – May 26th street tree trimming will occur in the area of, Base line, Town Line, Herkimer Street, Point Louise Drive and lower Airport 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.

Operational activities for the week are:
· Steelton Well Shutdown
o The Steelton Well (Second Line and Second Ave) will be shut down next week for upgrades. Area residents are reminded that while the well is down, groundwater levels in the area may be affected.
· Annual Hydrant Testing
o The testing of the city’s 2,500 fire hydrants is currently underway. This work is necessary to ensure all hydrants are functioning properly. Testing will occur across the city throughout the summer. There will be no hydrant testing on weekends and holidays.
· Greenfield Subdivision
o A developer is installing new residential water services for the Greenfield Subdivision (Third Line and Old Goulais Bay Road). During this process, PUC will oversee the connection to the water system.
· John Street – Installation of Temporary Water Supply
o The installation of a temporary water supply system in preparation for the City’s aqueduct project on John Street is underway.
There is a chance customers in the area 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.
PUC water customers are advised that the Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program for 2017 is underway in the east end of the city. Customers are encouraged to visit the PUC website at www.ssmpuc.com for regular updates and to see a map(s) of the flushing area. The UDF Program is performed to remove sediment from within the city’s watermains and is a recognised industry best practice for improving water quality.
· UDF flushing for the week of May 23rd – May 26th will occur in the area bounded by Gibbs Street to Dacey Road, and Trunk Road to Chambers Avenue (map).
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.