Residents of Waterford Place and in parts of the Northridge subdivision off of Mooty Bridge Road are having to dodge construction equipment, mud and lots of orange pipe these days as Diverse Power replaces the underground power lines.
Though in the end, said Kirk King, Diverse Power Manager of Construction and Maintenance, “it’ll be a lot better for our consumers.”
The underground cables are nearly 30 years old and deteriorated to the point of causing occasional power disruptions to the residents. Since July, Diverse Power has been digging around throughout the neighborhood to replace the deteriorated cables and provide better service to their customers.
Usually, when installing underground cables of this nature a trench is dug and the cables laid within it. Certainly, this method works when a new neighborhood is constructed, but when performing such an operation in an existing subdivision, a “traceless” method is utilized.
Holes are dug at various points and, according to King, a tool is used to bore into the ground to preserve yards. The new cables are placed in pipes, “so the next go around is easier,” he says. The old cables are being left in place.
With this summer’s rainy weather, there’s no exact time line on the work.
“If there were no other utilities to work around, it would be easier to give a time line,” King said.
Diverse Power, a member-owned electric cooperative, provides electric power to a handful of counties in West Georgia — Troup, Harris, Heard, Meriwether, Muscogee and Coweta counties — and Chambers County, Ala.