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SFPUC Looks Into Outages On Treasure Island & Yerba Buena Island

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — More than 2,000 residents of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island have endured more than two dozen power outages this year. Now the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is looking into the problem.

So far this year there have been 30 outages on the islands, which adjoin each other in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

SFPUC spokesman Charles Sheehan said Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is not to blame. “The SFPUC is only the caretaker of the system that is quite old and has outlived its useful life,” Sheehan said.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Power to the islands is provided by the city PUC and transmitted over old lines that are still owned by the U.S. Navy, which is the main problem according to Sheehan.

The SFPUC has staff on call on Treasure Island to respond to outages 24/7 and is now using infrared sensors to detect what lines are most vulnerable.

“No one likes their power to go out and that is why we have brought in this new infrared equipment so we can apply a finer comb to the system and really look for problem areas,” Sheehan added.

SFPUC is also doing visual inspections, power washing and trimming trees. Sheehan said a new system is needed, which won’t happen until the title to Treasure Island is transferred from the Navy to the City of San Francisco.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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