During extreme weather conditions this fire season, a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) may go into effect; at which time, PG&E will intentionally shut off power to decrease the risk of wildfire. Though it is unknown how many PSPS events will occur, it is recommended that our community prepare to be without power from several hours to several days on multiple occasions during the fire season. For more information regarding the PG&E PSPS program, please visit www.prepareforpowerdown.com.
SSJID will continue to deliver irrigation water during a PSPS power outage; though the level of service provided by District staff may be impacted.
In preparation for a PSPS, we ask that our customers consider the following:
- Customers wishing to receive water deliveries during a PSPS power outage must be prepared to receive the delivery. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure privately owned pumps (and other electronically operated equipment) are energized and operable at the time of delivery and through the entire duration of service.
- Irrigation deliveries will be scheduled in the same rotational order as ordinarily conducted by the Division Manager.
- Customers are advised to place water orders with their Division Manager as they normally would. Taking water out of turn or without approval is considered theft of water and may result in loss of future service and/or other legal consequences.
- With Division Manager approval, drip and sprinkler customers may choose to switch to flood irrigation so long as the appropriate infrastructure is already in place. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure flood gate are in proper working condition and that the property is adequately prepared to receive flood irrigation.
- Pressurized service in “Division 9” is anticipated to be unaffected by a PSPS event. Modesto Irrigation District is the electric power provider to the pressurized system and expects to be unaffected by a PG&E power shutoff. However, we continue to urge customers who utilize any electrical service to consider the possibility of an outage and to prepare accordingly.
SSJID is actively preparing an Emergency Action Plan to mitigate potential impacts to District services that may result from a PG&E PSPS. Sign-up below for text alerts and follow us on Facebook. General inquiries may be made to your Division Manager or our District Office at (209) 249-4600.