Melissa Williams, spokeswoman for the Modesto Irrigation District, said on Tuesday, April 3, that approximately 3,400 customers are expected to be without power from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Williams said that the proposed finish time is “of course estimates.”
MID manages the electrical power to Mountain House for Western Area Power Administration.
Williams said MID sent postcards to customers last week to notify them of the upcoming outage.
Mountain House Development Manager Morgan Groover said residents also received an outage notice in their monthly water bill this week, and notice was given on the MHCSD website.
Groover said that officials did not want to publicize the outage in the media because town officials were concerned that potential burglars could break-in to homes in the community.
However, he said that additional deputies from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office will patrol Mountain House during the outage.
On Tuesday afternoon, Groover said generators and street lights run on batteries, so officials were not overly concerned about the scheduled outage.
“We’ve got to run those generators once every couple of weeks, so we’re running this as a normal exercise,” Groover said.
For residents, Williams said appliances using electricity will not work during the outage. She mentioned cordless phones, sprinkler timers and automatic garage door openers as some daily commodities that probably won’t work during the outage.
The upgrades are part of a two-year project by Western Area Power Administration that is scheduled to be complete by the spring 2014, according to Lisa Meiman, spokeswoman for the company.
About 230,000 volts of electricity will be shutoff to allow workers to replace circuits at the substation, she said.
“It’s a piece of a much larger project that we’re doing down at the Tracy substation,” Meiman said. “The end result of the project is to make the substation more resilient with fewer power outages.”
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