Utility Poles Inspected as Part of Reliability Work
THE WOODLANDS, March 17, 2015 - Since early this year, contractors have been in cities and rural communities throughout Southeast Texas conducting reliability inspections of more than 30,000 utility poles spread throughout the Entergy Texas, Inc. service area. The initiative is only one of many such projects the utility will tackle this year in an effort to maintain and improve the reliability of the company’s electrical service.
“In maintaining and improving the integrity of our electrical infrastructure, we have dozens of tools we use, including everything from high-tech infrared sensors to visual inspections of poles,” said Vernon Pierce, Entergy Texas vice president of customer service. “Our customers count on us to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to their homes, schools and businesses, so we invest in tools and technology to reduce outages.”
Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., a specialist in its field, was selected to perform the routine preventative maintenance work. Each year, a portion of the company’s half-million poles are selected to undergo a rigorous scrutiny to ensure their condition.
The poles are visually inspected for defects, then sounded to find any internal voids or hollow cavities. This means the inspectors need access to every pole, whether on a main easily-accessible roadway or in a narrow alley behind a home or business.
Some poles may be treated with a preservative at the base of the pole to prevent deterioration. Others identified as needing maintenance will be reported to Entergy Texas for corrective action.