As part of our annual maintenance program. We’re:

  • inspecting poles and anchors
  • treating poles

Why We’re Doing It

We have over 1.2 million power poles in our province. This work helps extend the life of the poles from 30 to 35 years to more than 60 years! It’ll also save money. How? Well, it costs less than $50 each to maintain a power pole, while replacing one costs $3,000 on average.

This work will also:

  • increase safety for our employees and customers
  • help us continue to provide reliable power across the province

Our Progress

In 2024, our crews plan to inspect close to 105,000 poles.

We’ll be on the lookout for signs of:

  • decay
  • damage
  • carpenter ant infestation

Our crews will also:

  • replace poles that can’t be repaired or reinforced
  • replace crossarms where needed
  • inspect guy wires (cables that add stability to poles) and anchors
  • testing the grounding of rural overhead transformers
  • install wildfire protection in certain areas

Minimizing the Impact to You

We’ll stay within the right-of-way as much as we can. But sometimes our crews may need access to your property to perform the work. If this happens, we’ll make sure we’re respectful of our surroundings.

No power outages will be required to complete this work.

Respecting the Local Environment

Extending the life of our power poles helps save trees and keep old poles from ending up in a landfill.

We recognize that what we do today impacts our future. For every power project we do, we follow best-practice standards. This helps us protect the environment no matter which stage the project is in. And as with any project, we work hard to reduce our impact and protect the environment.

Benefits to Local Communities

This work allows us to lower the life cycle costs of power poles. The estimated cost of the wood pole testing and treatment programs for this year is $5.4 million.

Keeping You Informed

You may see us inspecting and treating poles in the following districts:

  • North Battleford Rural – May to August
  • North Battleford City – September
  • Yorkton area – August to October
  • Meadow Lake area – August (wildfire protection will also be installed in this district in the Fall)
  • Maple Creek– May to August
  • Regina City Northwest – .October
  • Humboldt – May to August
  • Prince Albert City – September to October
  • La Ronge – October

You may also see us testing the grounding of rural overhead transformers in the following districts:

  • Swift Current – May to June
  • Moose Jaw – June
  • Estevan – August
  • Canora –July
  • Melfort – July
  • Fort Qu’Appelle –June to July
  • Regina City NE – August
  • Regina City S – August
  • Prince Albert City– July to August
  • La Ronge (200) – September

To meet your needs, our crews may work outside of these dates. We do our best to lower the impact on customers and agriculture operations.

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