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The Saskatchewan government has ordered SaskPower to remove all of the Sensus smart meters it has installed across the Canadian province. The announcement comes after eight confirmed meter failures, and some associated fires, occurred over the past few months. Earlier in July, SaskPower halted its smart meter rollout to investigate the incidents.

According to local news reports, Bill Boyd, the minister in charge of the Crown-owned utility, said SaskPower will remove the 105,000 Sensus smart meters it has installed and replace them with traditional meters.

"The concerns about safety are paramount here," said Boyd. "We believe that any time families are at risk here in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken, and that's why we have directed SaskPower accordingly."

According to News Talk 980 CJME, Mike Marsh, SaskPower's vice president of operations, said, “We support it. It’s something we’ve been planning for as well as a possibility.”

Boyd said there will be an internal investigation regarding whether the smart meters were properly tested and studied before SaskPower installed them. The replacement program is expected to take between six to nine months.

To read more about SaskPower’s meter failures, other reported fires associated with Sensus meters, and a statement from the meter manufacturer, click here.




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