Up & Coming Weekly

May 13, 2014

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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2 MAY 14-20, 2014 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM PWC on the Air PWC Employees Celebrate Major Milestone PWC Presents "Public Works" at 4th Friday Join PWC and the City of Fayetteville for 4th Friday on May 23rd at the Arts Council's largest art show of the year! "Public Works" features unique works from local artists of all ages. Make your vote count and help select this year's winner! For more details, including information on how you can submit your very own work or art, visit www.theartscouncil. Attention PWC Water Customers PWC's annual Water Quality Report for 2013 is now available. This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality. Included are details about your sources of water, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. Look for it on our website in May. To receive a copy by mail, please call 910-223-4009. Join Host Wendy Riddle for Your PWC Connections anytime on PWC's website, or watch on Fay TV 7 (Time Warner Cable Government Access Channel 7). Clear Yard Transfomers for Safety Now that winter is finally over it's a sure bet many of us will be doing lots of yard work this spring to get our outdoor spaces ready for barbeques and other warm weather activities. But if you have a transformer – the green metal box marked "high voltage" – in or near your yard, you need to do a little more spring clean-up. Help keep everyone safer and the power more secure by making sure to keep plants and structures at least nine feet away from the box (on all sides) to access for maintenance or power restoration. Keeping transformers clear will help PWC restore power more quickly during an outage. The clearance space also helps PWC perform scheduled maintenance more efficiently. A little elbow room also ensures a safer environment for PWC crews working with high-voltage equipment inside the green boxes. So don't put those yard tools away until you've cleared these important boxes. For more information about transformer and electrical safety, visit www.faypwc.com. Do Your Part, Be Water Smart! Save Money with PWC's New Rain Sensor Incentive Program Cherie Berry, NCDOL Commissioner, Randy Williams, PWC Safety Committee Chair, Andy Dunlap, PWC Manager of Organizational Development, Training, & Safety On March 11, 2014, Fayetteville PWC employees reached a historic safety milestone by completing three million hours worked with no lost-time injuries. Three million hours is equal to one person working 1500 years! The accomplishment was recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor and marks the first time since 1905 that PWC has surpassed the three million hour mark. NC Department of Labor Commissioner, Cherie Berry, presented the Certificate of Special Recognition to Randy Williams, Chair of the PWC Safety Committee, who accepted the award on behalf of the utility. Did you know that water used for your irrigation system can consume from 25-40% of your total water usage during the summer season? PWC now offers customers an incentive to add a rain sensor to your new or existing irrigation system. The incentive is equal to 100% of the purchase price of the sensor up to a maximum of $50. PWC water and/or irrigation customers that do not already have a rain sensor installed are eligible to participate. For complete program details, including program application and survey, visit http://www.faypwc.com/rain_sensor.aspx The Rain Sensor Program is available through September 30, 2014.* *PWC reserves the right to discontinue this program at anytime without prior notice. Ms. Berry said she was proud of PWC's accomplishment and thanked employees for working safely. PWC has surpassed the two million mark twice and the one million mark eight times since 1995. PWC's last lost-time injury occurred in November 2011. PWC has more than 600 employees, many of which enter confined spaces, work around dangerous electrical voltages, dig trenches 20+ feet deep, handle hazardous chemicals, and operate heavy equipment. Also, PWC vehicles are on the road an average of 7,000 miles a day! Beware of Utility Scammers PWC has received reports of someone contacting customers trying to collect a PWC payment. The scammer tells customers they are past due on their accounts and threatens to shut off services. The customer is told to immediately provide their credit card or bank information over the phone to avoid service disconnection. Remember, if someone claiming to be from PWC asks for a payment, beware! PWC employees do not call customers to collect payment. Nor do they collect payments in person. Never provide personal information or banking information if someone calls you to collect a payment. If you are unsure, call PWC at 483-1382 or if you feel someone is a threat, call 911.

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