In a statement released from Pacific Gas and Electric Company on Monday, October 7th, based on current forecasted weather conditions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) anticipates that it may begin implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to more than 600,000 customers across portions of nearly 30 northern, central, coastal and Bay Area counties this week. This would be a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of wildfire in these communities.
If PG&E decides to implement a PSPS, the company expects to begin turning off power for safety early Wednesday morning. Based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates the period of peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning and last through Thursday midday.
Tuolumne County is included in the list of potential Counties to be shutoff. De-energization via a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is likely at some point during this wind event. All Tuolumne County residents may be affected for up to 5 days.
TUD is closely monitoring the potential PSPS event that could impact Tuolumne County. If power is turned off, TUD will be asking all customers to conserve water and limit outdoor water usage until the power is restored. Updates related to a PSPS event will be posted on TUD’s website and on Facebook.