Press Release

Cal Water Enhances Water System Reliability to Southern Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Customers in the southern portion of California Water Service's (Cal Water) Bakersfield District now have improved water pressure and water supply reliability, following the utility's installation of nearly a half-mile of a large transmission water main. The new main is critical to ensure that the local water system can meet increasing demand from new housing developments.

The new 16-inch ductile iron main, installed along Wible Road from Panama Lane to Berkshire Road, will move water to the southern part of the system. Crews are also installing two new fire hydrants to increase fire-fighting capabilities and avoid potential road closures, since hydrants were previously only installed on one side of Wible.

What would have been a standard main installation was complicated by the need to go nearly 20 feet underground to get under Panama Lane, which required a jack and bore, according to District Manager Rudy Valles. Jack and bore is a construction method where crews drill a hole underground between two points without disturbing the surface. Crews also needed to find a way to install the main over the Arvin Edison Canal and, ultimately, utilized free-span pipes. The project began in December 2015.

"Cal Water is committed to responsibly upgrading our local infrastructure and ensuring that we have a reliable water supply around the clock, so our customers don't have to think twice when they turn on the tap," Valles said. "Installing this transmission line was critical to ensuring we could fulfill our promise of quality, service, and value to our customers and keep up with the increasing demand in this area."

Cal Water serves about 278,500 people through 69,100 service connections in Bakersfield. The company, which has provided water service in the area since 1927 was ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Water Utilities in the West" in 2016 by J.D. Power in its inaugural Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. Additional information may be obtained online at