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Outage Information

From time-to-time, water outages will occur. A water outage could be planned or the result of infrastructure failure. The outage may impact treated water and/or canal water customers. For planned or scheduled water outages, PCWA does its best to inform customers in advance. For additional information about your canal, see Irrigation Canal Information.

To report an emergency water outage, please call PCWA Customer Services at (530) 823-4850 24-hours a day. Our after hours phone service and standby service crews are available to assist you.

If there is an on-going water outage, up-to-date information will be posted below:

Treated Water Outages:

last updated: 6/1/2023 @ 1515

Scheduled Outages


6/9/2023 (and possibly 6/23/2023)

A treated water outage will occur on portions of Maidu Drive in Auburn on June 9th from approximately 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Customers affected by this outage will experience no water during this time while crews work on necessary repairs.  If, for any reason, the work cannot be completed that day, work will continue on, 6/23/2023, to complete the repairs.

Raw Water Outages:

last updated: 5/9/2023 @ 1128

Scheduled Outages


5/2, 5/9, and 5/17/2023

We have a planned outage for the Boardman Canal, station 77+97, to 226+65 due to canal lining maintenance. This outage will also affect the Barton, Sugarloaf, Perry, East Perry, West Perry Canals, and Mammoth Pipe. This outage is scheduled for 5/2, 5/9, and 5/17/2023, starting at 9:00 pm until 2:00 pm the day after the following day at 2 pm, approximately 41 hours. 

Auburn and Ophir

5/9 and 5/16/2023

We have a planned outage for the Upper Fiddler Green Canal, station 85+47, to the canal end due to canal lining maintenance. This outage is scheduled for 5/9 and 5/16/2023, from 6:00 am until 1:00 am the following morning. 

Auburn and Newcastle


We have a planned outage for the Shirland Canal due to canal lining maintenance. This outage will also affect the Shirland Stub Canal. This outage is scheduled for 5/10/2023 from 5:30 am until 11:30 pm. 

Auburn and Ophir

5/17 and 5/24/2023

We have a planned outage for the Boardman Canal, station 424+69, to the canal end due to canal lining maintenance. This outage is scheduled for 5/17 and 5/24/2023, from 6:00 am until 12:00 pm. 

Loomis and Rocklin


We have a planned outage for portions of the Boardman Canal (420+37) and the Baughman, Laird Pump, Ferguson, and Stallman Canals. This outage is currently scheduled for 5/23/2023, starting at 5:30 am until 2:00 am the following morning. Affected customers and fire agencies will be notified.

Alta, Applegate, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Heather Glen, Meadow Vista, Monte Vista, Secret Town, and Weimar (Zone 3) 

4/9, 4/12, 4/16, 4/19, 4/23, 4/26, 4/30, 5/3, 5/7, 5/10, 5/14, 5/17, 5/21, 5/24, and 5/28/2023 (Sundays and Wednesdays)

We have a planned outage for the irrigation water customers served via the Cedar Creek Canal, affecting Boardman/Gold Run Pipeline, Colfax Supply Line, Boardman Canal, and the Bowman Feeder. This outage is scheduled for every Sunday and Wednesday, starting April 9th through May 28th, starting at 9:00 pm, with an approximate recovery time of 24 hours for all dates listed. Affected customers and Fire Departments have been notified.

Need More Assistance?

If you have specific concerns or questions, please call our Customer Services Department at (530) 823-4850.

2023 Canal Cleaning Schedule

Every year canals are cleaned during winter months, and are to be out of water during cleaning. Outage times listed are approximate. Recovery time for water service is approximately 12 hours. To see start and end dates and to find out more information about these outages click here for Zone 1 and Zone 3.

Consumer Guidance During Water Outages Or Periods Of Low Pressure

  1. If you are experiencing water outages or low water pressure, immediately discontinue any non-essential water use. This includes all outdoor irrigation and car washing. Minimizing use will reduce the potential for the water system to lose pressure or run out of water.
  2. If the water looks cloudy or dirty, you should not drink it. Upon return of normal water service, you should flush the hot and cold water lines until the water appears clear and the water quality returns to normal.
  3. If you are concerned about the water quality or are uncertain of its safety, you may add eight drops of household bleach to one gallon of water and let it sit for 30 minutes or alternatively, if you are able, water can be boiled for one minute at a rolling boil to ensure it is safe for consumption.
  4. Use of home treatment devices does not guarantee the water supply is safe after low pressure situations.
  5. Do not be alarmed if you experience higher than normal chlorine concentrations in your water supply since the State Water Resources Control Board is advising public water utilities to increase chlorine residuals in areas subject to low pressure or outages.
  6. The State Water Resources Control Board has also advised public water systems to increase the bacteriological water quality monitoring of the distribution system in areas subject to low pressure. This may include collecting samples in your area to confirm that the water remains safe for consumption. You will be promptly advised if the sampling reveals a water quality problem.
  7. Placer County Water Agency is committed to ensuring that an adequate quantity of clean, wholesome, and potable water is delivered to you. We recommend that you discuss the information in this notice with members of your family to assure that all family members are prepared should water outages or low water pressure occur.

If you, at any time, experience an outage or low pressure at your home or place of business please call Placer County Water Agency at (530) 823-4850. A customer service representative will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

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