Press Release

California Water Service Completes Water Main Replacement Project in Visalia Ahead of Schedule

VISALIA, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has completed four infrastructure improvement projects that replaced a total of 13,285 feet of aging water main in the Fairview area. The projects were part of Cal Water's Visalia District main replacement program, which was dedicated to increasing water flow and pressure, enhancing fire-fighting capabilities, and improving the overall water supply reliability of the system.

Crews replaced the previous 4-inch and 6-inch cement pipes with 8-inch PVC pipes. PVC pipes generally do not rust or corrode and are typically more cost-efficient than other alternatives. During construction, crews moved the mains from residential backyards to the front of the street to improve emergency access. Additionally, service lines were increased from 3/4-inch to 1-inch in diameter to increase water pressure and flow inside customers' homes. Crews also installed 24 new fire hydrants as part of the projects. This main replacement program began in early 2016 and was finished ahead of schedule in April of 2017.

"We are pleased that, even with the additional rain we received this winter, construction on this upgrade went  smoothly, which enabled our crew to complete the work a year ahead of schedule," said District Manager Tammy Kelly. "These important infrastructure improvement projects will ensure we continue to provide our customers and communities with a reliable supply of high-quality water, around the clock."

Cal Water serves about 43,100 service connections in Visalia and about 2 million people through 480,300 service connections in California. The company, which has provided water service in the area since 1926, 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