Look What the PUC are Up To


PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of June 11th, 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.

From June 11th to June 15th tree trimming will occur in the area of Barber Boulevard, Varsity Avenue, and Val Street. 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:

Silver Birch Drive

A developer is installing a commercial water service for a townhouse development on Silver Birch Drive. During this process, PUC will oversee the connection to the water system.

Wellington Street West – City Aqueduct Project

The installation and commissioning of a new watermain in the St. Andrews Terrace area is underway.

Bruce Street – Street Reconstruction Project

The installation and commissioning of a new watermain from Queen Street East to Wellington Street is underway.

Simpson Street – Street Reconstruction Project

The installation and commissioning of a new watermain from Queen Street East to Wellington Street 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 underway in the west 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 recognized industry best practice for improving water quality.

UDF flushing for the week of June 11th – June 15th will occur in the area generally bounded by Wallace Terrace to Bonney Street and Glasgow Avenue to Goetz Street (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.