The PUD has multiple COVID-19 Assistance Program for customers who need assistance paying their bills due to economic hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Disconnects for non-payment and late fees are currently suspended per Governor's Proclamation 20-23.7.

Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam is the site of a newest mobile hotspot installed by the Grays Harbor PUD and other partners.   Users can either walk or drive into the parking lot of the Cherry Street landmark, choose the “homeworkhub” Wi-Fi network on their mobile device and receive free access to the PUD fiber network for business, school and a host of other needs.

In all, the PUD has installed six mobile hotspots located throughout Grays Harbor.  The sites can be found at:

McCleary City Hall, 100 South Third St.

Satsop School, 853 Monte Elma Rd.

Wishkah School, 4640 Wishkah Rd.

Oakville School District, 105 School St.

Quinault School District, 6130 US Highway 101, Amanda Park

Olympic Stadium, 101 28th St., Hoquiam

Equipment for the four sites has been provided to the utility free of charge by the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, a private, industry funded disaster relief organization while the bandwidth is being offered by Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet).

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers of a planned power outage on Bigelow Drive in South Aberdeen at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.  The outage is expected to last until 4:00 PM on that day and will affect around 10 customers.  Those impacted are residents on Bigelow Drive, starting at 51 Bigelow Drive and going to the end of the line.  All impacted customers will receive a notification phone call from the PUD.

The outage will allow crews to complete pole replacement work in the area.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage time of seven hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do home electrical work or repairs during that period.

Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam is the site of a new mobile hotspot installed by the Grays Harbor PUD and other partners.   Users can either walk or drive into the parking lot of the Cherry Street landmark, choose the “homeworkhub” Wi-Fi network on their mobile device and receive free access to the PUD fiber network for business, school and a host of other needs.

“Many organizations have come together to make this happen in Grays Harbor and around the state,” said PUD Core Services Director Rob Hanny, whose office oversees the PUD Telecommunications department.  “With students headed back to school with remote classrooms, it serves as a reminder of just how important access to online services are.”

The Olympic Stadium site, offered by the City of Hoquiam, joins three drive-up sites that were installed in May at the McCleary City Hall, the Wishkah Valley School, and the Satsop School.  Equipment for the four sites has been provided to the utility free of charge by the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, a private, industry funded disaster relief organization while the bandwidth is being offered by Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet).

The local access is part of a larger, statewide effort to provide free Wi-Fi access to Washington residents that began at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Partners in the state’s drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots project include: Washington State University; Washington State Library, part of the Washington Office of the Secretary of State; members of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) and NoaNet; the Washington State Broadband Office; Washington Independent Telecommunications Association (WITA); Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech); and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). 

To date, well over 100 of the new drive-in hotspots are operational, in addition to 301 existing Washington State Library hotspots identified across the state. All told, some 600 public hotspots will soon be available to keep Washington communities connected. 

For complete information and a map of locations, visit www.driveinwifi.wa.gov.  The map will be updated as more sites come online.

Grays Harbor PUD General Manager Dave Ward has announced he will retire from the utility in the spring of 2021.  To ensure a smooth transition, in the coming months, the PUD will begin the process of hiring a new General Manager who will assume managerial duties when Ward departs.

“This job has been a chance for me to come home and work in the community where I grew up and that I deeply care for,” said Ward, a 1979 graduate of Aberdeen’s J.W. Weatherwax High School.  “As I look back on the last seven years and all the PUD has accomplished, I am filled with a deep sense of pride and appreciation for the dedicated staff that has allowed the utility to move forward and fulfill our mission to our customers.”

Ward came to the PUD as General Manager in June of 2013.  Prior to accepting the post, he had worked at Tacoma Public Power since 1997, first as the Assistant Transmission and Distribution Manager and then (in 2007) the Transmission and Distribution Manager.  Before that, he had worked at California’s Pacific Gas and Electric and the Grays Harbor PUD, following his graduation from Washington State University.  Through all those positions, he always kept an eye on his hometown and dreamt of the chance to come back.

“You talk about the right person coming along at the right time,” said PUD Commission President Russ Skolrood.  “When Dave arrived at the PUD, you could feel his energy and his passion take hold and begin to spread.  He has been a leader, a mentor and a friend to our staff and our community and I am so grateful for all he has helped us to accomplish.”

In the coming months, the utility will begin the process of replacing Ward by bringing on the new General Manager to work with Ward and the board in the months leading up to his departure.

“Our job now is to ensure a smooth transition,” said Skolrood.  “We got the right fit for the job when we hired Dave.  We need to do that again for our customers and our staff.”

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers of a planned power outage on the Newskah Rd. at 9:30 AM on Thursday, August 20, 2020.  The outage is expected to last until 1:30 PM on that day and will affect roughly 20 customers.  Those impacted are residents on Newskah Rd., starting at 320 Newskah Rd and going to the end of the line.  All impacted customers will receive a notification phone call from the PUD.

The outage is part of an ongoing project by the PUD to conduct system maintenance.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage time of four hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period.