We’re extending the life of our power poles. This is part of our annual maintenance program. We’re:
- inspecting poles
- treating poles
- replacing 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 So Far
In 2023, our plan is to have our crews inspect over 97,000 poles.
We’ll be on the lookout for signs of:
- carpenter ant infestation
Our crews will also:
- replace poles that can’t be repaired or reinforced
- rebuild or replace crossarms where needed
- inspect guy wires (cables that add stability to poles)
- 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 scheduled for this year is $5.8 million.
Keeping You Informed
You may see us inspecting and treating poles in the following districts:
- Fort Qu’Appelle – June to August
- Moose Jaw – June to August
- Swift Current – June to September
- Canora – August to September
- Estevan – August to September
- Regina – September
- La Ronge – September to October
- Melfort – September to October
You may also see us testing the grounding of rural overhead transformers in the following districts:
- North Battleford (June to September)
- Maple Creek (June to September)
- Regina (June to September)
- Humboldt (July to October)
- Yorkton (July to October)
- Meadow Lake (October)
- La Ronge (October)
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.