Power outage amid heat wave, imperial irrigation district warns

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COACHELLA VALLEY, CA – As the first heat wave of the year hits southern California, customers in the Imperial Irrigation District have been urged to conserve electricity to reduce the likelihood of power outages.

The district issued a “conservation alert,” which went into effect Tuesday and will remain active until Friday.

“By issuing this alert, we are asking our customers to do what they can to help the local electricity grid,” said Marilyn Del Bosque Gilbert, IID’s energy manager. “By conserving energy, we can reduce stress on energy infrastructure, help maintain reliable energy delivery, prevent power outages, and help customers reduce their monthly electricity bills. It is therefore a win-win solution.

A high pressure system will strengthen and spread over the southwestern United States this week, ushering in sweltering conditions for much of Southland, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Sunday in local deserts, including those in San Diego and Riverside counties. Temperatures in the deserts could reach 120 degrees this week.

IID provides electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and throughout Imperial County.

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