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October 4, 2018 at 3:10 PM PDT

California Water Service Begins Water Main Replacement Project in Chico District

CHICO, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) began an infrastructure improvement project today that will enhance system reliability and fire protection for Hamilton City-area residents, businesses, and first responders. The project is expected to be completed in six to eight weeks.

"This water system upgrade is an important investment in our drinking water infrastructure that will protect against leaks, ensure continued delivery of high-quality drinking water, and provide firefighters with the supplies they need to protect our community both now and for years to come," said District Manager George Barber. "This proactive water main replacement is just one part of our commitment to providing quality, service, and value to our customers."

The project will include the installation of approximately 2,400 feet of six-inch PVC pipe to increase flow and improve reliability through the water distribution system. PVC generally does not rust or corrode and is considered to be more cost-effective than other alternatives. The upgrade will also include the replacement of two fire hydrants.

Residents will be notified in advance of any planned interruptions to their water service as the main is tied into the system, and temporary asphalt will be used throughout the duration of construction for the convenience and safety of residents. Once construction is completed, permanent pavement will be applied.

Cal Water serves about 102,200 people through 29,000 service connections in Chico and Hamilton City. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1926. Additional information may be obtained online at