If you live in the north-end of the county you may see a PUD contract crew in your area performing power pole test and treatment services now through the end of November. The contractor has PUD signage on their vehicle, they wear safety vests and hard hats, and carry identification. You may also see them driving an ATV. If the contractor is accessing private property to inspect PUD equipment, they will first knock on the door to identify themselves.
The PUD recently started a new 10-year Wood Pole Test and Treat Program cycle in order to cover over 16,000 poles in the electric system. This first round of testing is taking place in and around Ione, Metaline, and Metaline Falls. The program tests for pole integrity and inspects equipment so that the PUD can appropriately maintain the system and provide reliable service.
The pole test and treat process involves the contractor drilling a hole in the pole, testing it, installing a metal tag and taking pictures for inventory purposes. If you have questions regarding this program or the work taking place, please contact us by calling 509-447-3137. Thank you.
This year’s Wood Duck Box Program was announced in the October issue of the PUD’s Customer Connect and received an overwhelming response. All available nesting boxes have been claimed for the 2020 program year. If you are interested in receiving a nesting box, please watch for the announcement again next year. Thank you.