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April 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM PDT

Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has started a water infrastructure upgrade in Bakersfield that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency while also enhancing fire protection in the central area.

The project, which will take approximately four months to complete, includes the replacement of 3,900 feet of new 12-inch ductile iron and 8- and 6-inch PVC water main. Crews will also relocate five hydrants in the area for improved access for firefighters.

"The new water main and hydrants will ensure we can deliver safe and reliable water service to Bakersfield residents and businesses for years to come, and sufficient supplies to first responders to protect our community in an emergency," said District Manager Geoff Fulks. "This project is part of our strategic, proactive investment in the water system infrastructure so we can continue to provide quality, service, and value to our Bakersfield customers."

Construction will take place on Haley Street, Dartmouth Street, and Vanderbilt Drive Mondays through Fridays 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. Residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdown needed to connect their service to the main, which is normally scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. At the conclusion of the project, crews will restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction 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.