Hydro One is advising residents in the County of Haliburton to prepare for a planned power outage between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th.
The outage is required to allow crews to safely complete much-needed upgrades to modernize the grid and replace aging infrastructure, according to a media release from Hydro One.
Approximately 5,815 residential and 5,509 seasonal customers will be affected in Monmouth, Glamorgan, Dudley, Dysart et al, Snowdon, Stanhope, Minden, Guilford, Harburn, and Havelock.
The work will involve around 100 Hydro One power line workers installing four smart-switches and replacing 24 end-of-life wood poles throughout the county. Crews will also complete maintenance work at multiple distribution stations in the area.
Hydro One says the new smart switches will help to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages while limiting the number of customers affected. The switches detect a fault on the line immediately, such as a fallen tree, and allow Hydro One to dispatch a crew to the exact location.
Crews will use both on-road and specialized off-road equipment, which includes a helicopter, to conduct the upgrades.
“We know that any outage causes a disruption for our customers, particularly outages of this length,” the media release states. “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.