Hydro One to install smart switches, replace wood poles in WC Dec. 1

WEST CARLETON – Around 5,121 West Carleton residents will be without power for much of the day on Dec. 1 as Hydro One looks to stabilize electricity in the area.

“Hydro One is advising residents in West Carleton of a planned outage required for crews to safely complete upgrades to modernize the grid and replace aging infrastructure,” Hydro One media relations officer Alicia Sayers told West Carleton Online.

 Approximately 5,121 customers will be affected in West Carleton, include residents in Torbolton, Fitzroy Harbour and the Carp area. All affected residents have already been contacted by Hydro One.

“Hydro One crews will install two smart-switches and replace 10 end-of-life wood poles in the area,” Sayers said. “Smart switches help to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, while limiting the amount of customers impacted. Crews will also complete maintenance work at Hydro One’s Arnprior Transmission Station and several distribution stations in the area.” 

The planned outage will take place on Sunday, December 1, 2019 between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We understand outages are disruptive and recognize there may be concerns regarding temperature, however this work is critical as we move into the colder winter months and face the increase risk of weather-related power interruptions,” Sayers said. “Hydro One works to reduce the impact on customers by bundling required work, so multiple outages are not required, while using all available crews. We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews work as safely and as quickly to complete this important work.”

 Hydro One customers requiring additional information can call 1-888-664-9376.