Residents of Kwakwani are now benefiting from improved electricity supply thanks to the commissioning of two new engines by the Kwakwani Utilities Inc (KUI).A simple ceremony commissioning the two new 260-kilowatt engines was held at the power station. The new sets more than meet the demands of the community.This is according to KUI’s General Manager, Fitzhubert McPherson, who said that the new sets would allow for much improvement within Kwakwani. McPherson has been General Manager since January 2017.“When I took over, there were a lot of complaints and people were dissatisfied with the power they were having ‘cause it was on and off…and the thing is, you weren’t notified about the power outage. With that, I sat with the technical guy and I said we have to get this thing right and we started doing checks and tests,” he said.He foresees the new sets allowing residents to enjoy 24 hours of electricity, a marked difference from the irregular access they previously had. The old engine, he added, was in dire need of overhauling.“We had two CAT sets before; one engine was costing us a lot of money due to a leak it had that was throwing away most of the oil,” McPherson explained. He further said that the decision to purchase the new engines was taken following a July 2017 study by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.Meanwhile, McPherson emphasised that KUI was serious about ensuring the longevity of the new sets and, as a result, staff members have already been exposed to training in the use of the new engines.“We had a transition to get people knowledgeable of the new sets because we don’t want any mishaps. The representatives from Doosan [the engines reseller] are here doing on-the-job training, getting the guys them sensitised on how to put the engines on and off. There’s a special way to do it and deviating from that would cause a lot of problems,” McPherson further explained. He hopes to have at least two members of staff exposed to more training.Furthermore, McPherson anticipates a massive expansion project to get underway thanks to the new engines.While KUI currently serves approximately 1200 households, this number is expected to grow as the company turns its sights to lighting other areas such as West Bank Kwakwani, Jonestown, New Scheme, and Staff Hill.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Spooky Family Crafting event will feature Halloween stamping on cookies, 1-2:30 p.m. today at Timeless Memories, 24922 Anza Drive, No. B, Valencia. Cost: $15 for one adult and one child; $2 for each additional cookie and $5 for each additional child. Call (661) 295-8490 or visit www.timelessmems.com. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Free Halloween photos of pets, 2-5 p.m. today during the grand opening of Seco Canyon Animal Clinic, 27935 Seco Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Costumes are available or bring your own. Call (661) 296-8848. Halloween event will feature a costume contest for all ages, 3 p.m.; a diaper dash for babies and toddlers, 3:30 p.m.; and an open gym session for all ages, 4 p.m. today at Anti-Gravity Sports Complex, 27927 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Following the gym session will be carnival games, pizza, a scary movie and a haunted house. Cost: $35. Call (661) 702-0123. Halloween Funfest and costume contest, 4-5:30 p.m. today at Chesebrough Park, 23505 Sunset Hills Drive, Valencia. Call Steve Treatman at (661) 297-1699. Halloween party for kids, 5-7 p.m. and for adults 21 and over, 8 p.m.-close today at The Londoner, 18511 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $5. Proceeds will benefit the Yes I Can program at Golden Valley High School. Call (661) 755-4813. Halloween Bash will feature a costume contest, bobbing for discounts, ghoulish goodies and comic book signings, 5 p.m. today at Brave New World Comics, 23566 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-4745. Parents Without Partners Halloween party, 7 p.m. today at the home of club President Melda Somers, 23939 Windward Lane, Valencia. Call (661) 253-1301. Haunted Jailhouse & Halloween Carnival will feature department displays, game booths, a costume contest and hauntingly fun jail cells, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. A $1 donation is requested. Call (661) 255-1121. Harvest party will feature games, food and candy with the theme “Hail to Our Heroes,” 6-8 p.m. Monday at New Life Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2770. To submit an event to the Daily News Halloween Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, today, Sunday and Monday at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Admission: $49.99. Parking: $10. Call (661) 255-4111. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. today at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Santa Clarita Valley Business Group Fall Fest Expo will feature a pancake breakfast, business booths, a bounce house and more – all with the theme “Trick or Treat” – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Creative Years Nursery School, 21710 Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita. Call Katri Tyni at (661) 254-0718 Or Kym Cappi at (661) 251-5929. Lombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, today and Sunday at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697.