During the 2019 fire season, PG&E may begin proactively turning off power in designated areas when there is a high risk of a wildfire. PG&E will determine which areas and customers are affected based on several factors, including weather conditions such as Red Flag Warnings, high winds, and dry conditions.
While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, PG&E is asking all of its customers to be prepared, and to plan ahead and have supplies to last for several days, in the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
Here is What We Are Doing to Prepare
The Marin Municipal Water District has developed a plan and taken precautions to prepare for a PG&E power shutoff, so that we can continue to provide you with water service. Here are some of the things we have done to ensure you have water service during a power shutoff:
- Installed backup generators at our treatment plants so we can continue to provide you with water from our reservoirs.
- Prepared a fleet of generators to be placed at pump stations throughout Marin to keep our tanks full, and to make sure your water service is not impacted.
- Installed solar panels and battery units to provide standby power to critical control valves.
- Managed vegetation near our facilities to reduce fire risk.
What Can You Do?
Before a PG&E Power Shutoff:
- Update your contact information with PG&E.
- Store at least a three-day emergency supply of two gallons of water per person, per day. Don’t forget pets, and store more for those with special needs.
- Clear your property of excess vegetation to reduce fire risk.
- If you have a backup generator, test it to ensure it’s ready to operate safely.
During a PG&E Power Shutoff:
- Turn off your sprinkler system.
- Conserve water. Reduce your indoor use so there is more water available for firefighting.
After a PG&E Power Shutoff:
- When the power is back on, remember to reset your sprinkler system to avoid over-watering.
- Restock your emergency water supply as needed to prepare for future power shutoffs.
To learn more about how your power supply may be affected by PG&E’s power shutoffs, please visit PG&E’s website at pge.com or call 1-800-743-5000.
To learn more about how Marin Water is preparing for PG&E’s power shutoffs, please visit marinwater.org/preparedness, call 415-945-1592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.