Potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

Posted on October 25th, 2019

PG&E has notified Soquel Creek Water District that is a potential PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff is scheduled over the next several days, starting Saturday night. The District will be relying on generators to provide you water. Backup generators are the District's best option, however, generators and fuel are limited and it will be challenging for us to maintain the system with water if the outage lasts several days.

During a PSPS outage, it is very important for you to conserve water even if your house has power.

A power outage will activate short-term Stage 5 Critical Water Shortage Emergency Measures which include the following:

  • No outdoor irrigation
  • No water for recreational purposes
  • No draining or refilling of existing or new pools or hot tubs
  • No water use for aesthetic purposes (ornamental fountains, ponds) except to support aquatic life
  • No vehicle washing
  • No exterior washing of structures
  • Pools/hot tubs must be covered when not in use

Please utilize PG&E's website or specific updates on your location. Even if you are not directly impacted by the outage, please conserve water as we are one water system.

What can you do?

Before a PSPS event:

  • Make sure your contact information is updated with SqCWD and PG&E.
  • Store a minimum of two gallons of water per person per day, enough to last three to seven days, and don't forget your pets. The more water you can store, the better.
  • Identify your unique/critical water needs and plan ahead.
  • Clear property of excess, dead and highly flammable vegetation. Trim grass and vegetation at least 30 feet around your home.
  • If you have a backup generator, test it and ensure it's ready to operate safely.

During a PSPS event:

  • Minimize water use to leave as much water in the reservoirs as possible for firefighting and conserve fuel for District generators
  • Shut off irrigation.
  • Reduce indoor water use.

Normal water use can resume once the electricity is turned back on.