E.P.C. responds to utiulity pole hazards

Potential safety hazards due to dangerous unmaintained utility poles in Ululoloa have been fixed by the Electric Power Corporation after they were reported in the Samoa Observer last year.

The Baukes family in Ululoloa asked the E.P.C. via the Observer to address the safety hazards presented by the unkempt utility poles in their area.

More than 10 utility poles line the dirt path that leads to their home.

Retired Mechanic, Joe Baukes, 86, who lives in Ululoloa with his 72-year-old wife, Pulou Baukes, contacted the Observer to voice their concerns about the utility pole hazards.

The lines have been cleared of the vines plants.

In September last year, plants and vines were seen thriving on several electrical wires that criss-cross the dirt road. 

An awkwardly placed utility pole that was supported by large rocks has since been set upright.

Mr Baukes complained of a water line beneath the pole that posed another safety hazard.

That has been moved away from the pole.

Mrs Baukes uses a nebuliser and her husband was partly concerned that if one of the poles gave way, their electricity would go out.

"It has really bothered me, the conditions of the power lines here. It's just unbelievable. There are plants they are growing all over the power lines," Mr. Baukes said last year.

"My wife is 72, she has asthma. Sometimes she needs a nebuliser machine. But it's not just about my wife, it's also about all the families around here. What happens when the power cuts off?"

The Baukeses said they visited E.P.C. three or four months prior to voice their concerns.

"It's about preventive maintenance," Mr. Baukes said.

When the Observer visited the Baukses on Tuesday, the problems had been rectified.

"They have already been fixed," Mrs. Baukes said, thankfully.

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