There are many benefits to converting these overhead services to underground:
Undergrounding power lines and communications services are commonly referred to as ‘conversion works’. Conversion works involve removing the existing overhead power and telecom lines and poles, reinstalling them safely underground, and then connecting them to individual properties.
This means that to complete conversion works within a neighbourhood, Piritahi needs to access some of the homes within a development area. Residents who live in existing homes which connect to visible overhead power lines will be contacted by Piritahi ahead of time to discuss the process and what it means for them. Piritahi works closely with residents throughout the process, keeping them informed and ensuring as little disruption as possible.
How does it work?
Conversion works are a significant undertaking and can take several months from start to finish. Piritahi works closely and collaboratively with Vector and specialist subcontractors to facilitate the end-to-end process. Here’s how it works:
Sometimes conversion works present an opportunity to upgrade residents’ fibre optic broadband connections. This will be discussed with residents during the conversion works process.
Berms and private properties are always reinstated to their previous condition. Power cuts are generally able to be kept to a minimum - between approximately 2 - 6 hours - and may only occur between the time the old overhead lines are switched off, and the new underground network is made live. Residents would be informed by their service provider ahead of time as to when this may occur for them.
For more information about conversion works taking place in your neighbourhood, please contact your local community liaison advisor, call 0508 PIRITAHI, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.