Westario to upgrade distribution system in Kincardine


 Westario Power has planned a six-month line construction project in parts of Kincardine to improve the safety and reliability of its distribution system.


The utility company announced last week that work will be carried out between April and October along Broadway Street, Huron Terrace, Adelaide, Durham, Queen, Lambton, William and South streets. The work will be done by third party contractors.


In a media release issued last week, manager of operations David Leonce stated, “The construction work is typically conducted along municipality right of way, however Westario Power understands very well that some customers’ properties may be affected by these activities. In the event that a customer property may experience any damage during the construction period, be assured that Westario is prepared to remediate the problem toward the end of the construction work.”


Leonce said that small power interruptions may be scheduled during the construction phase and Westario will do its best to notify customers prior to the planned outage.


Westario came under fire last April following a series of power outages and brownouts left approximately 1,200 residents without power and closed schools and businesses. Kincardine council demanded that the company address the problem and provide a full explanation of why the problem occurred.


In a letter to the municipality, Westario president Lisa Milne said, “The initial and subsequent outages were attributed to equipment failure due to the overloading of the system that originated from the initial transfer of load from MS2 to MS1 and MS3 (municipal substations).”


Milne said the incident provided staff with a better understanding of Kincardine’s distribution system, which would assist Westario for future capital and maintenance work.