CUSTOMERS CAN TAKE STEPS TO PREPARE FOR HEAVY RAINFALL
SCOTTS VALLEY — Dec. 1, 2015 — In preparation for a strong El Niño event that could bring major rainfall to the region this winter, Scotts Valley Water District is taking steps to ensure safe and reliable water service to customers during severe storm conditions.
Heavy rainfall and high winds often lead to power outages and debris that can affect the infrastructure of our groundwater system, including wells, booster pumps and stations, and reservoir tanks.
In December, the District will update its emergency response plan and conduct a full training for all operations staff to review roles and responsibilities during emergencies. The District is taking these specific steps now to safeguard against storm impacts:
- Testing backup generator power to support wells and pump stations during an outage.
- Ensuring battery backups at remote tank sites and booster stations will allow operation up to a week without power.
- Ordering extra parts to prepare for the possibility of a high number of repairs to water mains and individual service lines.
- Making sure all drainage is clear around tank sites and roads leading to District infrastructure.
“There has been a lot of talk about El Niño and the big storms,” said David McNair, District Operations Manager. “We’re working to ensure the district is prepared.”