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March 25, 2019 at 2:50 PM PDT

California Water Service Begins Infrastructure Improvement Project in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) is beginning a water main replacement project in Bakersfield that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency, and also enhance fire protection in the area.

The project begins this week and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. Crews will install 2,700 feet of new 12-inch ductile-iron water main along Stockdale Highway, from McDonald Way to Real Road, to replace the aging water main and replace four fire hydrant service connections.

"The upgrade will ensure we can continue to deliver safe and reliable water service to our customers for their everyday needs and sufficient supplies for firefighters to protect our community in an emergency," said District Manager Geoff Fulks. "This project is part of our proactive investment in our infrastructure so we can continue to provide quality, service, and value to Bakersfield residents and businesses, both now and for decades to come."

Construction will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction.

Cal Water will conduct water quality testing at the completion of the project, and all individual water services will be connected to the new main after test results are returned. At the conclusion of the project, all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction will be restored to as close to the previous condition as possible.

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