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Columbia River PUD customers in St. Helens and Warren may notice someone looking at utility poles in their area. CRPUD recently contracted with Osmose Utility Services to inspect, test and treat utility poles to determine if the poles are in good condition or in need of replacement.

According to Steve Hursh, engineering and operations manager for the public utility, the pole testing effort is part of the company’s annual maintenance program. Testing helps ensure the PUD’s distribution system is safe and reliable. Each year, CRPUD tests 2,000 poles in its service area.

“This program is a cost-effective way for us to extend the life of the poles in our distribution system, and to identify poles that are in need of replacement before they become a safety hazard,” said Hursh.

Osmose began testing poles this week and are expected to finish in April. Osmose representatives have PUD identification badges and signs on their vehicles. Customers who have questions about the program or who want to verify the identity of a PUD contractor should call the Columbia River office at (503) 397-1844.

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