We’re inspecting wood power poles throughout the province. This work’s apart of our annual maintenance program that’ll help extend the life of our power pole.
Why we’re doing it
It costs less than $50 per pole to maintain it, but replacing a pole costs $2,500 on average. Not only that, but it’ll extend the life of a power pole from 30 to 35 years -- to more than 60 years!
This maintenance work will:
- Increase safety for our employees and customers; while
- Continuing to provide reliable power across the province.
Our progress so far
Our plan is to have our crews inspect 112,000 wood power poles in 2018. Right now we’re in year six of this 10 year project.
On our power poles we’ll be looking for signs of:
- carpenter ant infestation
This way we can take care of any issues to prolong the life of the pole or plan for its future replacement.
Minimizing the impact to you
Our crews will stay within the right-of-way as much as possible. But sometimes they may need access to private property to perform the work. If this happens, we make sure that we’re respectful of our surroundings.
Respecting the local environment
Extending the life of our power poles helps reduce the number of them in landfills. Not only are we saving a tree but lowering our impact to the environment.
More benefits to your community
This work allows us to lower the life cycle costs of power poles. The estimated cost of the project in 2018 is $4.5 million.
Keeping you informed
You may see us in the:
- Saskatoon area, including Martensville, Dalmeny and Warman (May to July)
- Weyburn and area (May to August)
- City of Saskatoon (July to September)
- Preeceville and area, including Sturgis and Norquay (August to October)
- Meadow Lake and area (August to October)
To meet customer’s needs, our crews may work outside of these dates. We do our best to lower the impact for customers and agriculture operations.