Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

August 05, 2011 15:06 ET

Update: Hydro Ottawa Continues Public Appeal to Conserve After Wires Severed During Sewer Maintenance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2011) - Hydro Ottawa continues to appeal to customers in the Carling Avenue, Carlington Park and Hampton Park areas to reduce their electricity consumption until 7 p.m. this evening.

Crews continue to make repairs to underground wiring near Westgate Shopping Centre. An independent construction crew damaged multiple underground circuits in the area yesterday while maintaining sewers.

The need to reduce consumption is most urgent for the 2,800 customers in the zone bounded by Richmond Road (northern edge of zone), Baseline Road (southern edge), Kirkwood Avenue (eastern edge) and Broadview Avenue (western edge).

Increased customer demand to run air conditioning, pool pumps and other systems during these repairs is putting a significant strain on Hydro Ottawa's electrical distribution systems in the area.

Residents can reduce their consumption by following these simple tips:

  • Turning off all but essential internal and external lights;

  • Setting air conditioners to 26 degrees Celsius or higher, or using fans as an alternative;

  • Closing curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside; and

  • Delaying the use of major power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps until after 8:00 p.m.

For more information on power conservation, please visit Hydro Ottawa's website at www.hydroottawa.com/conservation.

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 300,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.

Contact Information

  • Susan Barrett
    A/ Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
    Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Media Pager: (613) 221-0063