PENETANGUISHENE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 14, 2014) -
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PowerStream will be implementing a planned power outage from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 16th which will affect approximately half of the utility's customers in the Town of Penetanguishene. The outage is required in order for PowerStream to conduct repairs to damaged equipment on one of its main feeders. The circuit operates at 44,000 volts and if not repaired could lead to severe damage, therefore impacting the reliability of service to customers.
Approximately 1,700 PowerStream customers residing in an area of the Town of Penetanguishene bordered by Main Street to the east, Robert Street East to the north and portions of Edward Street. A map depicting the planned outage area is available on PowerStream's website at http://www.powerstream.ca/app/pages/PlannedOutage.jsp.
PowerStream's power lines crews will be making the repairs and inspecting the remaining equipment at this location to ensure there are no other issues.
PowerStream has been working in conjunction with the Town of Penetanguishene to provide advance notification to the residents and businesses within the affected area through a variety of communication channels including communicating with the local media, automated telephone calls as well as website and social media postings.
• "No one likes to have their power off but we need to replace the damaged equipment as soon as possible in order to prevent more serious problems from occurring," explained John McClean, PowerStream's Vice President of Operations. "We will make every effort to minimize the duration of the outage but the work to be done is dangerous and we have to take the power off to protect our workers."
• PowerStream currently distributes electricity to more than 3,700 residential and business customers in the Town of Penetanguishene.
PowerStream is a community-owned energy services company providing power and related solutions to more than 365,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.
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