Cal Water Begins Water Infrastructure Upgrade in North Fair Oaks to Support Local Residents
MENLO PARK, Calif. — As part of California Water Service's (Cal Water) commitment to ensuring critical infrastructure remains safe and reliable, the utility has started an important water main replacement project in North Fair Oaks near Everest Public High School. The project will ensure customers and firefighters continue to have the water they need for their everyday and emergency needs.
The work, which began this week and is expected to be completed in September, includes installation of 1,635 feet of new 8-inch PVC water main and replacement of 57 individual customer service connections. Crews will also install four new fire hydrants to improve access for firefighters. Installation will take place on Fifth Avenue, between Edison Way and Middlefield Road.
"This important infrastructure upgrade will help us continue to fulfill our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers, both now and for many years to come. Additionally, it will ensure first responders can protect the community in an emergency," said District Manager Dawn Smithson. "As essential service workers, our crews will keep working to provide a reliable supply of safe, high-quality water to North Fair Oaks residents for their drinking, cooking, handwashing, and other household needs."
Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, which will be performed Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will also minimize any temporary service interruptions needed so that residents continue to have the water they need during this time. Residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Following installation, crews will conduct water quality testing before connecting existing individual customer service lines to the new water main. Crews will also restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction.
Cal Water serves approximately 60,900 people through 18,900 service connections in Portola Valley, Woodside, Atherton, and portions of Menlo Park, Redwood City, and San Mateo County and about 2 million people through 486,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1936. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.