Hydro One advises residents of planned outage affecting customers served by Manitowaning Distribution Station

MANITOULIN- Hydro One is investing in the Manitowaning Distribution Station in order to ensure that the community has the capacity it needs for the future in addition to improved reliability, a press release from Hydro One states.

Work at the Distribution Station started in late 2017 is anticipated to be complete by mid-spring 2018.This upgrade includes a new power transformer and the associated work to install and connect it to the station.

For safety reasons, Hydro One requires that the station is out of service while this work is being completed. This means that a temporary mobile unit is required to perform the function of the station.

The temporary mobile unit at this station was damaged in the fire that occurred at this station on Sunday, January 14. In order to restore power to customers, a unit was brought in from south central Ontario as an interim solution.

This interim unit needs to be upgraded to one that can better supply local electricity needs until the investment work at the station is complete. A planned outage is required in order to change the unit and it is scheduled to occur overnight on January 19 which is predicted to be the mildest night this week.

The outage will affect 2,561 customers located in Sandfield, Assignack, Wikwemikong First Nation, Tehkummah, Bidwell North, Billings, Carnarvon, South Bidwell and Sheguiandah from 12 am to 6 am.

Every attempt is being made to contact customers affected by this planned outage will be contacted by telephone, the press release states. Customers requiring additional information can call 1-800-434-1235.