Water hose tells the power repair story
Article was added on Saturday, September 15, 2018
uses a water hose to explain how electric service is restored to
homes that have lost power. He admits that a water illustration may
not be the most welcome image for South Carolina residents in a
hurricane's path, as they face still-to-come heavy rains of up to
winds that are sweeping through the state are causing widespread
damage, from parts of the high-voltage transmission system that
supplies electric substations to lines on the other side of
substations that lead to neighborhoods and individual
A leaking garden hose with one hole near
the supply faucet where it is attached and a few more holes near
the end, provides a simple illustration for the priorities line
workers face when they restore power
"Imagine you're the
bush at the end of the hose and that you need some water, even if
that's a bit of stretch while we're in a storm," said Howle, CEO at
Horry Electric Cooperative.
in the hose that must be repaired first is the one near the
connection to the faucet. Otherwise, no water will get to the holes
near the end, much less the one at the very end that's supposed to
be soaking the bush.
same with repairs to the power lines near your electricity-free
house," he said.
cooperative members get understandably curious when they see repair
crews pass by a damaged line near their home. They want it fixed
now. But it's vital that repairs are made further up the line where
damage, when repaired, will deliver power down the line to that
house and many others.
the order we follow because that's the most efficient way to get
everyone's power restored," Howle said. "Believe me, every utility
works this way."
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