SaskPower is preparing to begin its annual pole inspection work in various areas of the province.
The closest job to the southwest of the province this year will be Rosetown, where nearly 25,000 poles will be inspected for things like carpenter ants, rot, lean and general wear and tear that grasslands can afflict.
Scott McGregor is a spokesperson for the Crown corporation and knows what happens in these inspections.
“Typically our crews approach the pole and visually inspect it,” McGregor described. “From there they will dig a bit below ground level to see if there is any rot or damage. Our teams are well equipped and know what they are looking for.”
They inspect the posts for any signs of infestation, rot, or other damage that warrants replacement.
In total this year, SaskPower crews will inspect more than 100,000 utility poles.
“It’s a big business,” admitted McGregor. “But it’s something we need to do to make sure our wooden utility pole network stays in tip-top shape.”
The company does these inspections every year, and each year sees different areas that could benefit from inspections. One area expected to be cleared in the next few years is the 25 kilometer radius around Maple Creek where more than 600 poles were replaced after a winter storm knocked out power to the town for a week.
“We probably won’t be sending crews to that area there because most of those polls would have been replaced,” McGregor admitted. “But if the area itself has been flagged for maintenance and inspections, we will still send teams to that area. We would just know which surveys are new and which need to be inspected.”
You don’t have to wait for the program to enter your zone if you know of a knocked down pole or see damage that needs to be repaired.
“If you come across a post that has suffered damage or maybe you know it’s looming in a way that looks precarious,” McGregor advised. “Call our breakdown center at 306-310-2220.”