LOS ANGELES (MAY 17, 2023)—LADWP crews have finished making repairs to the more than 800 power poles across the City that LADWP inspectors identified as needing immediate safety-related repairs. The repairs, which were completed on May 16, were made to poles that were identified through routine inspections, in compliance with state regulatory standards.
“First and foremost, I want to thank customers who live or work near the poles we identified as needing priority repairs for their understanding and cooperation. I also want to commend our crews who have worked over the past month to meet the May 16th deadline for completing the necessary safety-related repairs,” said Martin L. Adams, LADWP General Manager. “Going forward, it is our commitment that all ‘Priority 1’ repairs identified through annual inspections will be made within 24 hours, consistent with LADWP and state standards.”
Customers who live or work adjacent to a pole that needed repairs received letters hand-delivered by LADWP crews in late April advising them of the needed repairs and urging them to use caution near the pole. Completed work may have involved repairs or replacement of electrical distribution equipment attached to the pole, high voltage wires and attachments or replacement and repair of the pole itself. In most cases, permanent repairs were made to address the immediate safety concern. At some locations temporary repairs were made to return the pole and equipment to a safe condition, while permanent repairs will be scheduled at a later date. Follow-up letters were mailed to all affected customers advising them that this work had been completed and thanking them for their cooperation.
LADWP reminds customers to never touch a downed or dangling wire, or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always assume a downed wire is energized and report downed wires immediately by calling 911!