Hundreds of poles replaced

BC Hydro crews are replacing 223 wooden power poles in Vernon as part of a maintenance program that is replacing 8,000 across B.C.

The average lifespan of a wooden power pole is 40-50 years, with many lasting much longer.

More than 10 per cent of BC Hydro’s poles are more than 50 years old. One of the oldest utility poles in the province is located in the Southern Interior and has been in operation since 1931 – eight years before the Second World War began.

Adverse weather, insects and wildlife all contribute to the deterioration of the poles over time, which results in them needing to be replaced.

To ensure the safety of crews and the public, BC Hydro may need to disconnect power when replacing aging power poles. Crews will notify customers in-person, by mail or phone about the scheduled outages for maintenance.

BC Hydro has about 900,000 wooden poles that hold more than 58,000 kilometres of overhead distribution lines and 278,000 overhead transformers across the province. Replacing power poles is one of the investments BC Hydro is making to its aging infrastructure to improve the safety and reliability of the electricity system.


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