Contractor Testing Utility Poles in Rainier

February 25, 2019 – Columbia River PUD customers in Rainier might notice someone looking at utility poles in their area. CRPUD has contracted with Pacific Pole Inspection to inspect, test, and treat utility poles to determine if the poles are in good condition or in need of replacement.

According to PUD Engineering Supervisor Branden Staehely, this is part of the PUD’s maintenance program, helping to ensure the PUD’s distribution system is safe and reliable. The PUD tests 2,000 poles in its service area each year.

“This program is a cost-effective way for us to extend the life of poles, reduce costs, and to identify the poles that need to be replaced before they become a safety hazard,” Staehely said.

Pacific Pole Inspection began testing poles for the PUD last week. Pacific Pole Inspection representatives have PUD-issued photo ID badges and PUD signs on their vehicles.

Customers who have questions about the pole testing program or who want to verify the identity of a PUD contractor should call the PUD office at (503) 397-1844.