PSPS For Lake County
Updated 10/11/19 at 10 am
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has implemented a Public Power Safety Shutoff (PSPS) in Lake County.
Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is prepared for a PSPS and has generators in place that should enable the Clearlake water system to remain fully operation throughout the outage; however, customers are asked to limit water use for life-essential purposes. The community’s conservation will help to ensure available water supplies can be directed to aide firefighting efforts in the event of a fire emergency.
During the PSPS, Golden State Water’s Clearlake office will remain closed temporarily until power has been restored to the community. Customers in need of assistance are asked to visit gswater.com or call Golden State Water’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 1.800.999.4033.
What is a PSPS?
A Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is a safety measure in which electric utilities may proactively de-energize portions of their power grid to protect the community from potential wildfire danger when conditions present a heightened risk. Some factors that could trigger a PSPS include Red Flag Warnings, forecasts of sustained gusts and winds, dry fuel conditions and low humidity.
How Could a PSPS Impact Local Water Service?
Water providers like Golden State Water rely on electricity to power portions of our water infrastructure, including wells and booster pumps that are critical to deliver reliable water service to customers.
Our water systems typically rely on water storage tanks to provide water supply during short-term isolated power outages; however, a PSPS event can take out the entire power grid serving a water system and span multiple days before power is restored. Permanent generators with automatic startup switches located at key facilities will enhance Golden State Water ability to minimize water service impacts to the community during a PSPS event.
What Can I Do?
Before a PSPS:
- Ensure your contact information is up-to-date with Golden State Water and your local electric provider
- Store an emergency supply of drinking water that could sustain your household for 3-5 days
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies and other essentials
During a PSPS:
- Limit water use for life-essential purposes to help maintain supply for public health, sanitation and fire protection needs
- Stay apprised of conditions by following your local news station, Golden State Water and your local electric provider for updates
After a PSPS:
- Prepare for the next PSPS and restock any depleted supplies
- Reset your irrigation controller, as programming was likely lost during the outage
- Check for updates from Golden State Water and your local electric provider