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KUB's Investment in Infrastructure Benefits Generations of East Tennesseans

Planned electric upgrades lay foundation for Knoxville's only 100% fiber network

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- As infrastructure across the U.S. ages and communities begin to feel the impact, Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) continues what it started 15 years ago to ensure its safe and reliable utility services do not suffer as a result of aging infrastructure.

KUB's water, wastewater, natural gas, and electric infrastructure is all part of KUB's ongoing Century II replacement and rehabilitation program, which launched in 2007. This includes larger infrastructure like electric substation and water treatment plants, as well as the pipes and wires that serve KUB customers.

In addition to replacing aging systems, Century II also provides for facility upgrades where they are needed. For example, steel natural gas mains are replaced with polyethylene mains, which are proven to require less maintenance. Along with new materials, KUB also incorporates new technology into its replacement work.

For example, in the electric system, fiber optic lines have been regularly added to KUB's infrastructure to improve reliability since 2012, as part of its rolling 10-year plan. 

"At KUB, we're always looking ahead, anticipating, and planning for infrastructure enhancements. That's what Century II is all about," said Gabriel Bolas, president & CEO of KUB. "Part of our long-term planning was about improving electric reliability by adding fiber-optic cables, which allowed us to envision delivering high-speed internet as a fifth utility for our customers."

Century II efforts have improved KUB's systems in the following ways: 

In addition to regularly replacing pipes and wires, the following projects are underway: 

For more information visit KUB's Century II site. 

About KUB
KUB is a municipal utility company serving Knox and parts of seven adjacent counties with safe and reliable electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 473,000 customers. For more information visit kub.org.

Media Contact:
KUB Communications
[email protected] 

SOURCE Knoxville Utilities Board

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