Cause of power cuts still un­known

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

If you ex­pe­ri­enced a power cut re­cently you were not alone.

Pow­erco, which is New Zealand’s sec­ond largest elec­tric­ity util­ity and largest gas dis­tri­bu­tion util­ity, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing two sep­a­rate power cuts in and around the Toko­roa area.

Net­work op­er­a­tions man­ager Phil Marsh said power was lost to 2210 prop­er­ties at 12.07pm on Fri­day and to 3445 prop­er­ties at 8.33am on Sun­day.

‘‘The cause of the out­ages is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. On pa­trolling the lines, no faults were found, how­ever in the first out­age wet bark was found be­neath the lines sug­gest­ing a branch may have hit them,’’ he said. ‘‘Fol­low­ing the Sun­day out­age, burn marks were found on lines, in­di­cat­ing a pos­si­ble bird strike.’’

Many busi­nesses in the cen­tral busi­ness district had to close due to the power cut on Sun­day while oth­ers ac­cepted cash only.

Pa­per Plus Toko­roa man­ager Kerry Tong said it was very frus­trat­ing.

‘‘We have power cuts quite of­ten in Toko­roa and it is not good for busi­ness. We just had to close the doors and lost a lot of busi­ness be­cause of it,’’ he said.

Power was re­stored to all cus­tomers by 2pm on Fri­day and by 11am on Sun­day.

Mag­da­lene, Petronella, Hen­drik and Au­gus­tine Ver­haegh do some Sco­tish danc­ing.

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