PUC This Week


PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of October 2nd, 2017. This notice is organised into four sections; Electrical Line Clearing (Tree Trimming), Wooden Pole Testing and Treatment, Water Infrastructure Renewal, and Water Operations Activities.

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 October 2nd – October 6th street tree trimming will continue in the area of, Second Line West and Airport Road. Customers are reminded that if they have a dead tree or notice one near overhead electrical lines to contact PUC Customer Care at 705-759-6522.

In an effort to ensure the overhead system remains safe and reliable, PUC has retained Pole Care International Inc. to perform a system wide test and treatment program on all of its older wooden hydro poles. As an industry best practice, the regular testing and treatment of wooden poles maximizes their useful life, as well as identifying any that might require immediate attention.
For 2017, testing will primarily occur in the east end of the city (east of Lake Street and south of Trunk Road). Customers are advised that pole testing activities will primarily be conducted on City property, but at times it may be necessary for crews to access private property (depending on pole locations). Completing this year’s testing and treatment program will take approximately five weeks.

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:

·   Franklin Street
·   Grace Street
·   John Street (City Aqueduct Project)

Operational activities for the week are:
·         Elgin Street/Grace Street – Street Reconstruction
o   Installation and commissioning of the new watermain on Elgin Street and Grace Street is complete. PUC would like to thank the residents in the area for their patience and cooperation during this project.
·         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. There will be no hydrant testing on weekends and holidays.
·        City Storm Sewer Project – Pim Street to Gladstone Avenue
o   In connection with the City’s storm sewer project, PUC will oversee the temporary removal of a watermain to allow for the installation of a new storm sewer system.
·        John Street Reconstruction
o   Installation and commissioning of the new watermain 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.

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.