GPA works toward avoiding outages
Monday, October 31st 2011, 3:53 PM ChST
Guam - The Guam Power Authority is doing some major cleaning in hopes to prevent forced, unscheduled outages from happening. The agency invested $200,000 for the purchase of a pressure washer and specialized training for 30 linemen. GPA spokesperson Art Perez says work started today on washing live energized power lines that lead up to the airport.
"Basically it's to wash off all the salt buildup and grime that builds up over time that causes forced outages, and it's just part of stuff that we've extended to deliver quality customer service to our ratepayers," he said.
Crews use de-salinized water through a jet gun to clean the lines and officials warn that this is extremely dangerous work that requires extensive training and shouldn't be tried at home.