YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan— The base will shut off power to thousands of residents Saturday — and two more days this month — to upgrade Yokota’s electrical infrastructure.
The scheduled outages will all military housing on the east side of Yokota. The base hospital and other buildings with back-up generators will not be affected. The improvements will help stave off drastic energy conservation measures this summer when consumption is at its highest, Yokota officials said.
An unplanned and widespread power outage plagued Yokota in the summer of 2010. Heavy rains flooded an east-side power substation that July, knocking out power and running water to many homes and displacing roughly 400 residents for several days until the problem could be fixed.
Scheduled June power outages:
June 9 — 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
June 16 — 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
June 17 — 12:10 to 3:30 a.m.
“We expect to complete the majority of the electrical infrastructure work after the power outage June 16-17,” said 2nd Lt. Christopher Love, Yokota spokesman. “There will be minor cleanup work afterwards that will not affect the power supply. We will still need to make other long-term repairs and upgrades in the future, but they have yet to be funded or scheduled.”
Contact Yokota’s construction management office at 225-6645 for more information.