KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 4, 2017 – Kissimmee Utility Authority’s annual utility pole inspection kicks off this week and continues through January for customers living in southwest Kissimmee, Campbell City and surrounding area.
The inspections are designed to ensure the stability of the utility’s wood transmission and distribution poles, which is critical during high wind producing storms.
KUA has contracted with Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. to conduct the inspections. The inspections will identify decay, measure defects and estimate the percent of remaining strength to correctly identify poles that should be treated, restored or replaced.
Inspectors will be entering yards and excavating soil at the base of the poles to conduct their inspections and to treat the buried pole material. Contractors will repack the soil around the pole once they have completed their tasks. These individuals are working under the supervision of KUA and carry identification cards.
KUA maintains 14,420 wood distribution poles and 109 wood transmission poles throughout its 85-square mile service area in Osceola County.
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 voluntarily adopted the inspection standards.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.