ACWA Collaborates on PSPS Legislative Hearing on Feb. 11 by Caroline Minasian Feb 3, 2020 Water News The Assembly Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife will hold an informational hearing on Feb. 11 to discuss the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events on public water and wastewater agencies in California. The hearing will provide ACWA member agencies the opportunity to share their stories and the challenges associated with PSPS events. ACWA staff worked closely with Committee staff in the development of content and panelists. The hearing will include a panel comprised of representatives from ACWA member agencies across California who will share their PSPS experiences, as well as a panel focused on policy solutions which will include an ACWA legislative advocate. The hearing is expected to include a public comment period in which ACWA members would be able to provide comments. The hearing details will be posted online soon and interested parties can watch it live from the Assembly website. PSPS Background As a preemptive safety measure, the state’s investor-owned utilities continue to implement PSPS events to protect communities in high-risk fire areas. These shutoffs leave many customers without electricity for multiple hours or days at a time. Due to the extreme fire and high-wind weather conditions in October 2019, an unprecedented number of power shutoffs occurred that left millions of Californians without power. As these de-energization events continue, water and wastewater agencies will continue to face challenges, and ACWA is dedicated to working with member agencies to help develop and implement solutions. Questions about the hearing or PSPS can be directed to ACWA Senior Legislative Advocate Julia Hall at 916-441-4545.