Utility Pole Inspections Begin Monday

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 18, 2008 – Kissimmee Utility Authority’s annual utility pole inspection program will kick off on Monday, Nov. 24 and continue for the next several months. The inspections help ensure the stability of the utility’s wood transmission and distribution poles during extreme weather conditions.

KUA has contracted with Buffalo, New York-based Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. to assist with the inspection of the utility poles, which includes a visual from the groundline, sound and bore, and strength analysis for every pole. Based on the outcome of the inspection, poles may be treated, reinforced, or replaced if needed.

KUA currently maintains 14,781 wood distribution poles and 284 wood transmission poles throughout its 85-square mile service area. All new transmission construction involves the use of concrete or steel poles for increased stability.

During the inspection period, customers may observe pole inspectors on or near their property. These individuals are working under the supervision of KUA and carry identification cards.

In 2006, the Florida Public Service Commission mandated regular pole inspections for investor-owned utilities and telephone companies, but made the inspections optional for municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. In an effort to ensure the highest level of reliability and customer confidence, KUA has voluntarily adopted the inspection standards.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com