The province’s power authority is getting out to examine the province’s wood.
SaskPower will be examining 112,000 wood poles across the province throughout the end of October.
“This is year six of our ten year program, with the goal of inspecting about 10% of our wood poles each year,” said spokesperson Jordan Jackle. “We’re looking for signs of damage, signs of decay, like carpenter ant infestation.”
The inspections will be taking places across several communities, including communities surrounding Saskatoon and those in the city and the Weyburn, Preeceville and Meadow Lake areas.
Jackle noted by doing these inspections, the durability of the poles could be enhanced.
“The big there here is that this does extend the lifespan of these wood poles, as well,” said Jackle. “A standard wood pole lifespan might be as short as 25-35 years. The maintenance program can extend that life expectancy to more than 60 years.”