SaskPower is going to inspect over 119-thousand wood power poles across the province from now until October.
The Crown Corporation says the Wood Pole Maintenance Program helps ensure reliable electricity for customers and saves money by reducing expensive emergency repairs.
Crews will be looking for physical damage, potential signs of decay or carpenter ant infestation, and wherever possible the poles will be treated, repaired or reinforced.
If a pole can’t be repaired, it will be marked for replacement next year.
Total cost is over $20-million, including $6.2-million for inspections and maintenance and $17.5-million for replacements.
The Yorkton area will see crews out and about from August to October, and the Wynyard area from August to September.