|Osmose Utilities will drive a white van with a Wisconsin license plate when inspecting lines and poles.|
“A proactive maintenance program is essential to prevent outages,” said Operations Manager Gary Marlow. With this in mind, ECI REC annually hires Osmose Utilities Services to inspect the Cooperative’s lines and poles. This year Osmose Utilities will inspect 172 miles of distribution lines, 4,949 poles, and 582 underground cables. They started on September 17, and will continue to work over a two month period. They will visually inspect the poles and “sound and bore” questionable poles by drilling inspection holes after a hammer sounding identifies an area of suspected decay. Underground boxes will be inspected with an infrared camera. The data will be submitted along with ECI REC’s annual reliability report to the Iowa Utilities Board.