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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Event: Outage Watch. Shutoffs likely - Tuesday, August 17, 2021
PG&E has announced a limited Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that will affect Northern California including in Shasta County. As a result of heightened fire risk and forecast high winds, it is anticipated that PG&E will de-energized some District facilities on Tuesday evening, August 17, 2021 and power may not be restored for several days!
The District is highly reliant upon the power grid to pump water from the Sacramento River, provide treatment and disinfection and to boost pressure into different pressure zones. A limited PSPS event will de-energize some of the District’s PG&E facilities. The District will be able to switch to backup generators to power pumping plants and other key facilities to keep water flowing, maintain storage and fire flow, and keep water distribution lines pressurized. Even if you have power at home, District facilities may not. We are currently in a severe drought, so..PLEASE CONSERVE WATER, especially throughout the de-energization event and postpone outdoor water use!
What else you can do?
During this PSPS event:
- If sensitive crops or landscapes show signs of stress, provide irrigation water at night, but please avoid mornings and evenings that coincide with peak water system demands
- Expect that water pressures could be reduced
- Stay tuned; there will be ongoing updates available from PG&E, social media, news media and on the District’s website
After this PSPS event:
- Reset and adjust your irrigation controller while resetting other electronics to prevent overwatering
- Prepare for the next PSPS event
- Check regularly for updates from the District and PG&E
Here is what we have done to prepare:
- We have purchased and installed backup generators to power pumping plants, the water treatment plant and other key facilities to keep water flowing, maintain storage and keep water distribution lines pressurized.
- We are working with PG&E to ensure we receive as much advance notice as possible so we can prepare and initiate our response.
- When a PSPS event is called, we fill and maintain water tanks near capacity.
- We pre-position portable generators at designated critical facilities to keep our key pumping plants running, and we’ve made arrangements to keep these generators fueled during peak demand periods.
- We are managing vegetation around our facilities to reduce fire risk.
For more information on PSPS, Please visit:
For water emergencies, please contact BVWD at: (530) 241-1085 or after hours you may call the answering service directly at (866) 509-9820 and they will reach an after hours call out person.
We will need public cooperation to ensure we maintain critical water supplies for public health and safety (i.e. drinking, washing and fire suppression).