5 Questions with Ryan Blair About Fall Streetlight Maintenance
October 30, 2019
- We’re focusing on fixing streetlights as quickly and safely as we can.
- SaskPower maintains 99,000 lights provincially – and 21,000 of those are in the city of Regina alone.
- The issue can be as simple as a faulty bulb, photo sensor or fuse. Sometimes the problem is more complex … In those cases, it can take significantly longer to get the streetlight working again.
Fall is here, and as the daylight hours become shorter each day, streetlight outages are more noticeable. We sat down with Ryan Blair, Operating Manager for Regina City, to get the latest about SaskPower’s fall streetlight maintenance.
There seems to be a lot of streetlights out in my neighbourhood. Why?
As the days get shorter, it’s more noticeable when streetlights are out. Summer’s a busy season for our crews -- repairing outages and doing maintenance work. Now that fall is here, we’re focusing on fixing streetlights as quickly and safely as we can.
SaskPower maintains 99,000 lights provincially – and 21,000 of those are in the city of Regina alone. As of Oct. 23, there were 880 known streetlight issues across Saskatchewan that need our attention.
Why do streetlights stop working?
The issue can be as simple as a faulty bulb, photo sensor or fuse. Sometimes the problem is more complex such as faulty underground cables caused by aging infrastructure, rodents or excavation. In those cases, it can take significantly longer to get the streetlight working again. We may need to schedule a crew to repair, replace or reroute cables to fix the power supply to the streetlight.
How can I report a streetlight outage?
If you see a streetlight out, report it on our streetlight map. You can find the map at SaskPower.com or the SaskPower mobile app. Zoom in on the map to find the light. Then click through to see if it’s already been reported or to create a new report.
How long will it take to be fixed?
That depends on the complexity of the repair. Our goal is to repair most lights within 7-14 days. So far in 2019, over a third of reported outages were repaired within a week. Please remember that SaskPower maintains streetlights in many cities, towns and villages. Privately-owned lights won’t appear on the map or will have owner listed.
Is SaskPower still moving to LED streetlights?
Yes, we are. This year we’ve been focusing mainly on heavily populated subdivisions and are changing 8,800 lights in parts of Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Lloydminster.
But even with LED streetlights there will still be streetlight outages. LED bulbs may not burn out at the same rate as our old HPSV bulbs, but outages can still occur from faulty photo sensors, fuses or underground cables.