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Mason PUD 3 contract crew plans a power outage for 200 customers in the Tahuya River Valley Area on March 31st

Mason PUD 3 contract crew plans a power outage for 200 customers in the Tahuya River Valley Area on March 31st

by Mason PUD 3 on

March 22, 2021

The work is part of a dual-purpose project which will upgrade the electric distribution system and replace poles increasing the safety and reliability of the electric grid in conjunction with the installation of a new fiber optic network to allow for access to high-speed internet services in the Tahuya River Valley area.

On March 31, 2021 Mason PUD 3 has announced that it will be switching customers in Tahuya River Valley area to newly installed overhead electrical services throughout the day on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The work will affect 200 customers.

Customers in the area will experience brief 20-minute outages sometime between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. while a PUD 3 contractor performs the work. PUD 3’s contractor will need to set up at approximately 25 different sites beginning at the PUD’s substation, which is why there is an eight-hour window of time estimated. Customers at the beginning of the project neighborhood (north) should expect their 20-minute outage to occur earlier in the day and customers towards the end (south) experiencing it later. Letters of notification have been sent to customers in the project area.

The Tahuya River Valley Project is a dual-purpose project which will upgrade the electric distribution system and replace poles increasing the safety and reliability of the electric grid in conjunction with the installation of a new fiber optic network to allow for access to high-speed internet services in the Tahuya River Valley area. It is part of a grant the PUD received from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB 1) to extend fiber to this unserved area. More information about the project can be found on the PUD’s website at www.pud3.org/trv.

 As with any outage, the PUD recommends that sensitive electronic appliances and equipment be turned off and unplugged until power is restored for at least 20 minutes.

If customers have any questions, they may call the Belfair Line Superintendent, Jeff Gott, at (360) 275-2833, extension 2250.