The El Dorado County government website and county information technology mainframe may be unavailable next weekend as crews inspect electrical equipment in anticipation of installing a new emergency backup generator.
PG&E will shut off power to Building B in the County Government Center for approximately 12 hours so the county can test its main electrical switchboard.
"Because we have such old equipment, we thought it would be wise to test the switch gear equipment," said Russ Fackrell, facilities manager.
PG&E also decided to take the opportunity to install a new transformer, he said.
A temporary generator will be brought in to power the information technologies systems. But if there is a chance of electricity back-feeding into the electrical hub during the test, the generator will have to be shut down and with it the website and other electronic systems, Fackrell said.
Critical functions, such as the county's Office of Emergency Services, which has its own backup power supply, will not be disrupted, he said.
The work is planned for the three-day holiday weekend to minimize disruptions for the public. County offices will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of President's Day. Fackrell said he expects the testing to be completed and power restored by late Saturday or early Sunday.
If testing exceeds the holiday weekend and the website is down, the county will use its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElDoradoCountyNews as an alternative website. Email subscribers to the county's website also will be notified.