The PUC is Hard at Work


SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (18 May 2018) – PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of May 21st, 2018. This notice is organized into four sections; Electrical Line Clearing (Tree Trimming), Infrastructure Renewal, 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 period of May 21st – May 25th street tree trimming will occur in the area of, Manitou Park Area. 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.


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:

Bruce Street (Queen E to Wellington E)

Simpson Street

Wellington Street West (City Aqueduct Project)


Operational activities for the week are:

Simpson Street – Installation of Temporary Water Supply

The installation and commissioning of the temporary water supply system for the Simpson Street reconstruction project is underway.

Annual Hydrant Testing

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.

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 2018 is commencing in the west end of the city. Customers are encouraged to visit the PUC website at 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 22nd – May 25th will occur in the area generally bounded by Second Line West to Base Line and Nixon Road to Allen’s Side Road (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.


  1. Hard at work raising our already too high rates. This time of use BS is biggest money grab since GST, HST, which were only to be temporary taxes. Now anything you buy is 13% tax when across the border it is not only a better deal, but only 6% tax. When you give away the majority of our EXCESS power to the US for pennies on the dollar but continue to screw us over something is seriously wrong. Greed prevails.

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