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September 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT

Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins In Kern River Valley

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has started a water infrastructure upgrade in its Kernville system to enhance water quality for customers in the area. Crews are installing granular-activated carbon (GAC) treatment facilities at the utility's station on Sirretta Street to treat for additional constituents in the water supply.

The project began this month after a pilot treatment project reduced the potential for disinfection byproducts to form. Levels of disinfection byproducts had risen in a small area of Kernville due to higher levels of naturally occurring total organic carbon (TOC) in the Kern River, Cal Water's local water source, combining with the disinfection needed to make the water safe to use and drink. Cal Water expects to complete the permanent treatment facility in December.

"This water infrastructure upgrade is an important step to ensure we can deliver safe and reliable water service to local residents and businesses," said Local Manager Jon Yasin. "Investments in our infrastructure such as this are the cornerstone of our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers, and we look forward to continuing to provide the reliable, high-quality water service that our customers expect and deserve."

The work will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Crews will make every effort to minimize any impact to the community during construction, and traffic control will be implemented as needed to help residents and crews travel safely through the area. Crews will also work with residents in the immediate construction area to ensure they have access to their driveways.

Water service is not expected to be interrupted during the project; however, if it becomes necessary to do so temporarily, crews will make every effort to notify residents beforehand.

Cal Water serves approximately 5,400 people through 3,900 service connections in the Kern River Valley and about two million people through 486,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 2000. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.