Power Conservation Notice to Public Water Systems/Wastewater Systems

August 17, 2020

The Governor has declared a state of emergency in connection with the extreme heat and impacts on electricity. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on Sunday issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 3 PM to 10 PM Monday August 17th through Wednesday August 19th to help reduce power demands within California while prioritizing public health and safety. Without conservation, the state will likely experience additional rolling system outages. The State Water Board is asking all public water systems/wastewater systems to consider what extra steps you may take to reduce your power use during flex alerts, while maintaining essential water/wastewater service.

We are asking water systems that can further reduce power to voluntarily report to your normal Division of Drinking Water District contact or the District Engineer so that we may make note of your efforts.

Wastewater systems should send an email to Jonathan Bishop at jonathan.bishop@waterboards.ca.gov so that your efforts can be noted.

We are also asking water/wastewater systems to reach out to your customers and remind them of the need to reduce energy use this week. Social media messages from CalEPA and the State Water Board can be re-posted and shared. The following can be used when communicating with your customers:

1. AdjustYourThermostat
a. Duringpeakhoursorwhenyou’renothome,remembertosetyour

thermostat at 78° or higher. Setting your air conditioner 5° higher can save

up to 20 percent on cooling costs.

  1. Pre-coolyourhomebyrunningairconditioningat72degreesintheearly part of the day (when it is more efficient) then turn your system to 78 or higher during the hottest part of the day when demand is the highest.
  2. Use smart or programmable features to help maintain energy savings when you’re not home.

2. CloseWindowsandDoors

a. Keepwindowsanddoorsclosedtopreventthelossofcooledorheated air.

  1. Onsummernights,openwindowstoletcoolerairinwhensafe.Inthe morning before the day starts to heat up, close windows and blinds to keep warm air out.
  2. Tilt blinds up and close drapes and shades on windows that receive direct sunlight.

3. SmartEnergyUse
a. TurnoffunnecessarylightingandusetaskordesktoplampswithLEDs

instead of overhead lights.

  1. Enable”powermanagement”onallcomputersandturnoffwhennotin use.
  2. Unplug phone charges, power strips (those without a switch) and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.

4. AccessandFunctionalNeeds

a. Checkinonneighbors,friendsandfamilywhomaybeatrisk.

  1. Chargemedicaldevicesinoffhoursandhavebackupplanforifthe power goes out.
  2. In addition to traditional community support channels, individuals with access and functional needs should reach out to local government for assistance.
  3. Contactlocalutilitiescompaniesifyouaredependentonpowerfor assistive devices.

5. MajorApplianceUse

a. Postponeusingmajorappliancesliketheoven,dishwasher,clothes washer, and dryer until cooler times of the day to avoid heating up your home.

  1. Runyourdishwasherandclotheswasheronlywhenfull.Waituntilafter10 p.m. to use these and other major appliances.
  2. When possible, wash clothes in cold water. About 90 percent of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.

6. CleanorReplaceYourFilters
a. Adirtyfilterforcesyourairconditionerandfurnacetoworkharder,wasting

money, using more energy or natural gas. 7. AdjustYourWaterHeater

a. Turnyourwaterheaterdownto120°orthe”normal”setting.Water heating accounts for about 13 percent of home energy costs.

8. ConservationPrograms
a. Considerparticipatinginyourutility’sdemandresponseprogram.These

voluntary programs are short, temporary measures to reduce energy consumption when power supplies are critically low and a Flex Alert has been issued. Contact your local electric utility to learn about your utility’s program and incentives they may offer to participate.

Links to messaging to pass onto your customers: CalEPA Twitter message:

CalEPA Instagram message: https://www.instagram.com/p/CD- aUDIp6xl/?igshid=1xidgd5c5ebj6

Power Conservation Notice to Public Water Systems/Wastewater Systems

August 17, 2020

The Governor has declared a state of emergency in connection with the extreme heat and impacts on electricity. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on Sunday issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 3 PM to 10 PM Monday August 17th through Wednesday August 19th to help reduce power demands within California while prioritizing public health and safety. Without conservation, the state will likely experience additional rolling system outages. The State Water Board is asking all public water systems/wastewater systems to consider what extra steps you may take to reduce your power use during flex alerts, while maintaining essential water/wastewater service.

We are asking water systems that can further reduce power to voluntarily report to your normal Division of Drinking Water District contact or the District Engineer so that we may make note of your efforts.

Wastewater systems should send an email to Jonathan Bishop at jonathan.bishop@waterboards.ca.gov so that your efforts can be noted.

We are also asking water/wastewater systems to reach out to your customers and remind them of the need to reduce energy use this week. Social media messages from CalEPA and the State Water Board can be re-posted and shared. The following can be used when communicating with your customers:

1. AdjustYourThermostat
a. Duringpeakhoursorwhenyou’renothome,remembertosetyour

thermostat at 78° or higher. Setting your air conditioner 5° higher can save

up to 20 percent on cooling costs.

  1. Pre-coolyourhomebyrunningairconditioningat72degreesintheearly part of the day (when it is more efficient) then turn your system to 78 or higher during the hottest part of the day when demand is the highest.
  2. Use smart or programmable features to help maintain energy savings when you’re not home.

2. CloseWindowsandDoors

a. Keepwindowsanddoorsclosedtopreventthelossofcooledorheated air.

  1. Onsummernights,openwindowstoletcoolerairinwhensafe.Inthe morning before the day starts to heat up, close windows and blinds to keep warm air out.
  2. Tilt blinds up and close drapes and shades on windows that receive direct sunlight.

3. SmartEnergyUse
a. TurnoffunnecessarylightingandusetaskordesktoplampswithLEDs

instead of overhead lights.

  1. Enable”powermanagement”onallcomputersandturnoffwhennotin use.
  2. Unplug phone charges, power strips (those without a switch) and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.

4. AccessandFunctionalNeeds

a. Checkinonneighbors,friendsandfamilywhomaybeatrisk.

  1. Chargemedicaldevicesinoffhoursandhavebackupplanforifthe power goes out.
  2. In addition to traditional community support channels, individuals with access and functional needs should reach out to local government for assistance.
  3. Contactlocalutilitiescompaniesifyouaredependentonpowerfor assistive devices.

5. MajorApplianceUse

a. Postponeusingmajorappliancesliketheoven,dishwasher,clothes washer, and dryer until cooler times of the day to avoid heating up your home.

  1. Runyourdishwasherandclotheswasheronlywhenfull.Waituntilafter10 p.m. to use these and other major appliances.
  2. When possible, wash clothes in cold water. About 90 percent of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.

6. CleanorReplaceYourFilters
a. Adirtyfilterforcesyourairconditionerandfurnacetoworkharder,wasting

money, using more energy or natural gas. 7. AdjustYourWaterHeater

a. Turnyourwaterheaterdownto120°orthe”normal”setting.Water heating accounts for about 13 percent of home energy costs.

8. ConservationPrograms
a. Considerparticipatinginyourutility’sdemandresponseprogram.These

voluntary programs are short, temporary measures to reduce energy consumption when power supplies are critically low and a Flex Alert has been issued. Contact your local electric utility to learn about your utility’s program and incentives they may offer to participate.

Links to messaging to pass onto your customers: CalEPA Twitter message:

CalEPA Instagram message: https://www.instagram.com/p/CD- aUDIp6xl/?igshid=1xidgd5c5ebj6

California ISO Flex Alert News Release: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/Flex-Alert- Issued-Today-CallingforStatewide-Conservation081720.pdf