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February 19, 2019 at 11:50 AM PST

California Water Service Begins Two Water Main Replacement Projects in Menlo Park

MENLO PARK, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has begun two infrastructure improvement projects that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency and enhance fire protection for Menlo Park customers.

Crews are installing 700 feet of new 6-inch PVC water main on American Way, from Valparaiso Avenue to the end of American Way, and1,760 feet of new 12-inch ductile iron water main on North Lemon Avenue, from Valparaiso Avenue to Santa Cruz Avenue. Work on both projects is being performed Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and is expected to be completed by early March.

"These proactive, systematic water main replacements help support our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to Menlo Park residents and businesses," said District Manager Dawn Smithson. "In addition to ensuring that we can continue to deliver safe and reliable water service to our customers, these projects also include the installation of five new fire hydrants to help ensure first responders have access to the water they need in an emergency to protect our community."

Following installation, water service will be temporarily interrupted for one to two hours while customer services are connected to the new water mains and put into service. Residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdown, which is normally scheduled during regular work hours.

According to Smithson, crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction. Additionally, when the projects are completed, 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 60,700 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 484,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided quality water service in the area since 1936. Additional information may be obtained online at