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December 12, 2018 at 7:47 AM EST

California Water Service Begins Infrastructure Improvement Project in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—California Water Service (Cal Water) has began a new infrastructure improvement project to interconnect pipelines to the Kern County Water Agency. This project will ensure consistent water pressure for residents and improve resiliency of the water supply during times of drought.

"This project is the latest example of our commitment to delivering high-quality water service and value to Bakersfield residents," said Cal Water District Manager Mike Mares. "Residents, particularly in the South San Lauren area, south of Hageman Road and west of Mohawk Street will experience more consistent and dependable water pressure as a result of this upgrade, especially during daily hours of higher demand."

The connection of the existing water system to an additional water source will help mitigate pressure fluctuations in the distribution system. The Kern County Water Agency water source is treated surface water instead of groundwater from wells, adding resiliency to the water supply during times of drought.

Construction will take place west of Mohawk Street, north of Latina Drive, and will include the installation of 55 feet of 10-inch ductile iron pipe as well as a new pressure-control valve and flow meter. The project is expected to take two to three weeks.

Cal Water serves approximately 280,400 people through 70,800 service connections in its Bakersfield system and another 145,900 people through an operations and maintenance contract with the City of Bakersfield. Company-wide, Cal Water serves 2 million people through 484,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1926. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.