BWL 800 Without Power, But 500 More Need Single Service Reconnections.

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

The Lansing Board of Water & Light projects that restoration of power to its electric service territory will be fully operational by the end of Tuesday, 11:59 p.m., Dec. 31.

Full restoration of power means that service is available to all customers, with the exception of customers whose homes require repairs before service can be reconnected by the BWL.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, December 30, the BWL has 800 customer outages. This does not include approximately 500 single service reconnection requests - customers who need electrical contractors to reattach masts, or customers whose electrical contractor has completed repairs and require permanent service reconnection by the BWL. The BWL has dedicated 10 crews to these service reconnection requests and are dispatching crews around the clock to complete.

BWL power lines connect to a home or business at the vertical pole or "mast" on the sides buildings, or "house knobs" - those little knobs attached to the building. If the mast or house knobs are damaged or down, it's the customers responsibility to hire an electrician to repair the items before the BWL can reattach the power line to the building. The meter - which records the amount of electricity used - is BWL equipment and the responsibility of the utility. Go to for more information.

The BWL Meter Department has expanded hours to accommodate electrical contractors and customers who need replacement parts required for power restoration for customers who may have damage to meter boxes due to masts being pulled away from their homes.

The BWL Meter Department is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice, and is located in Building "G" at 1140 S. Pennsylvania.
The equipment is free of charge to contractors and customers. It important to note that customers should pick up these parts only at the direction of their electrical contractor:
. 200 Amp Residential Meter Socket
. Meter Hubs in these sizes: 1", 1 ¼", 1 ½", 2", 2 ½"
. Nylon Screw type House Knobs
. Nylon Riser Clamp Knobs for 2" rigid Risers.
The BWL has 32 line crews making repairs in the field Monday. In addition, there are 13 tree trimming crews, 3 Electric Service Worker crews and 9 spotter crews in the field Monday.

Line crews are working in the following areas Monday to restore power along circuits that are reflected by the following street intersections. Please note that these are general outage locations and crews move to other areas near and far once repairs are completed. Some areas require more than one line crew:
Grant/N. Dexter
Cumberland/Tecumseh River
MLK/Mt. Hope
Mt. Hope/Sunnyside
Hagadorn/Haslett (E. Lansing)
Chandler/State (E. Lansing)

The following areas are next in line for repair (in no particular order) and will be worked on when line crews become available:
S. Washington/Alton
Grand River/Cynwood
Grace/W. Genesee
St. Joe/Waverly
Snow/St. Joe
Creyts/St. Joe
Pleasant Grove/Fielding
N. Hampton/Wood
Division/Burcham (E. Lansing)
Saginaw/Harrison (E. Lansing)

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