Though Benton PUD's electric system is designed to be as reliable as possible, power interruptions do occur. There are various reasons, including lightning strikes, wind blowing trees or limbs onto lines, accidents such as a car hitting a power pole, someone digging into a buried cable, squirrels climbing on transformers, and equipment failures. Benton PUD's electric systems is protected with fuses and circuit breakers much like a home's electric system, except many of Benton PUD's circuit breakers automatically reset themselves after a brief outage.
Before the advent of computers and digital electronics, these brief outages were hardly noticed. A mechanical clock might loose a few seconds but it didn't need to be reset like a digital clock. Benton PUD line crews are on call around the clock to quickly restore power in the event of an outage.
If you experience a power outage call Benton PUD, day or night at 1-888-582-2176 in Kennewick or Prosser.