Press Release

Visalia Beginning Main Replacement Project to Ensure Future Reliability to Customers

VISALIA, Calif. — California Water Service Company (Cal Water) will be starting an infrastructure improvement project in Visalia on Jan. 5, 2015, with the installation of 2,500 feet of water main and four new fire hydrants.

The original four- and six-inch concrete main will be replaced with eight-inch PVC pipe and 12-inch ductile iron water main to increase flow and improve water quality and reliability through the water distribution system. The previous pipes were starting to leak and were in declining condition due to their age and the limited materials that were available when the pipeline was originally built.

The aging main will be replaced on Giddings Street from Robin Avenue to Riggin Avenue, and on Riggin Avenue from Giddings to Divisadero Street. The work will be done between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and is not expected to cause any significant traffic issues, as two-way traffic will be available at all times. Construction is expected to finish in May, weather permitting.

"We will do our best to minimize any traffic impacts and repave the road to ensure the streets are left in good condition when the project is complete," said Cal Water District Manager Scott Bailey. "This project will benefit the surrounding community for years to come, as it will improve water supply reliability and quality and also increase fire protection capabilities for Cal Water customers."

Cal Water serves about 132,200 people through 41,200 service connections in Visalia. The company has provided water service in the area since 1927. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.