HB1329: Extreme Heat & Service Disconnects

In April of 2023, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law HB1329 prohibiting utilities from disconnecting water and electric customers for non-payment should the National Weather Service (NWS) issue an excessive heat watch, warning, or advisory for Jefferson County.

The state law takes effect July 23, 2023.

A WARNING means the heat index value is expected to reach or exceed 105 degrees within 12 to 24 hours and a low temperature of 75 degrees or more.

A WATCH is issued when the heat index value has the potential to reach or exceed 105 degrees within the next 24 to 48 hours and a low temperature of 75 degrees or more.

An advisory means the heat index value is expected to reach 100 to 104 degrees within the next 12 to 24 hours and a low temperature of 75 degrees or more.

Services disconnected for non-payment have the right to request reconnection of services for the duration of a heat event. This can be for water or electric service. Jefferson PUD will make a reasonable attempt to reconnect service, and the customer is required to enter into a repayment plan for services prior to being reconnected. Payment plans are not to exceed 6% of the customer’s monthly income.

The purpose of HB1329 is to protect the health and safety of residents by preventing utility shutoff’s for failure to pay during extreme heat events.

If you have questions regarding heat-related disconnects, please contact PUD customer service at (360) 385-5800.

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