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NEWS RELEASE PUC SERVICES ************************* PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of October 19, 2015.
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NEWS RELEASE

PUC SERVICES

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PUC wishes to advise the public of the following activities for the week of October 19, 2015.

This notice is organized into four sections; Electrical Line Clearing (Tree Trimming), Water Infrastructure Renewal, Water Operations Activities and Unidirectional Flushing Program.

ELECTRICAL LINE CLEARING PROGRAM (TREE TRIMMING)

Each year, PUC Forestry Technicians inspect Sault Ste. Marie’s electrical distribution system.

During this process, trees near power lines are trimmed and/or removed as needed by our line-clearing contractor Wilderness Environmental Services 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 three years.

For the week of October 19 – October 23, 2015, crews will be inspecting and clearing lines in the Red Rock Road and Lakeshore Drive area. Backyard tree trimming will occur in the P-Patch area.

Backyard trimming will only occur in yards where homeowners have received a “Line Clearing Notice” on their door, or in the mail.

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.

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL

This year’s Water Infrastructure Renewal Projects (Street Reconstruction) are now underway.

The PUC will be working with city staff to keep affected customers informed on the following renewal projects:

  • Upton Road (from Queen St E to Wellington St) 
  • McMeeken Street (from Churchill Blvd to Elizabeth St)
  • John Street (from Queen St W to Albert St)
  • Huron Street (from Albert St to Cathcart St)

WATER OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES

Operational activities for the week are: 

  • 23 Great Northern Road
    • A developer is installing a commercial water service. During this process, PUC will oversee the testing and commissioning of this new service.
  • 5 Cornwall Street – Portuguese Hall
    • A developer is installing a commercial water service. During this process, PUC will oversee the testing and commissioning of this new service.
  • 324 Sussex Road
    • A customer is installing a water service. During this process, PUC will oversee the testing and commissioning of this new service.
  • 125 Huron - Bridge Plaza
    • Construction of the bridge plaza’s new watermain is ongoing. 
  • John Street
    • The construction work for the decommissioning of the watermain on John Street between Queen Street West and Albert Street West has been completed.
  • Huron Street
    • Construction work for a new watermain at the intersection Huron Street and Albert Street West is ongoing.
  •  Upton Road
    • Commissioning of the new main is in progress on Upton Road from Victoria Street to Wellington Street East.
  • 1032 Great Northern Road – Flying J
    • A developer is installing a commercial water service. During this process, PUC will oversee the testing and commissioning of this new service.
  • McMeeken Street
    • Installation of a new watermain on McMeeken Street is progressing east from Elizabeth Street to Churchill Boulevard.

There is a chance customers in the areas impacted by Infrastructure Renewal or Operational Activities may experience a change in water quality.

This is because any time there is a major change 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. 

UNIDIRECTIONAL FLUSHING PROGRAM

PUC water customers are advised that the Unidirectional Flushing (UDF) Program for 2015 has finished for the year.

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.

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