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Hydro replacing hundreds of Langley poles

Expect planned power outages in the coming weeks around Langley, as BC Hydro crews replace aging poles with new ones. - Special to the Langley Advance
Expect planned power outages in the coming weeks around Langley, as BC Hydro crews replace aging poles with new ones.
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In an annual campaign to get rid of aging poles, the power company is swapping 216 in Langley.

BC Hydro announced today that crews will hit the streets once again this year to replace 216 aging power poles in Langley.

The work is part of BC Hydro’s ongoing maintenance program that will see the replacement of more than 10,000 wooden distribution poles during the next few months across the province.

Power poles are kind of like people, they said.

After about 40 to 50 years of work, on average, they are ready to retire.

Adverse weather, insects, and wildlife all contribute to the deterioration of the poles over time.

BC Hydro maintains and operates a vast and complex electrical system in B.C., which includes 900,000 wooden poles that hold more than 58,000 kilometres of overhead distribution lines and 278,000 overhead transformers.

Replacing power poles is one of the investments BC Hydro is making in aging infrastructure to improve the safety and reliability of the electricity system.

They offer a warning to customers: To ensure the safety of their crews and the public, BC Hydro may need to disconnect power when replacing power poles.

Crews will notify customers in-person – by mail or phone – about these scheduled outages for maintenance.

 

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