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August 2, 2019 at 8:08 AM EDT

Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Oak Hills

SALINAS, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has started a water infrastructure upgrade in Oak Hills that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs. Additionally, the upgrade will enhance fire protection to ensure firefighters have access to the water supply they need during an emergency.

 

The project, which is expected to be completed in September, includes the installation of 2,370 feet of new 12-inch ductile iron water main and 280 feet of new 6-inch PVC water main. Crews will also install three fire hydrants and 17 1-inch service connections. Installation is taking place along Pampas Path and Charter Oak Boulevard, from Pampas Path to Colonial Place.

 

“These water system improvements will help protect against leaks and ensure we can continue to provide safe and reliable water service to Oak Hills residents and businesses for many years to come, and make sure firefighters have the resources they need to protect the community in an emergency,” said District Manager Brenda Granillo. “Infrastructure investments like this one in Oak Hills are a critical part of our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers.”

 

Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, which is scheduled for Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. No parking zones will be clearly marked during construction.

 

Following installation, crews will conduct water quality testing before connecting individual water services to the new main. Crews must temporarily interrupt water service for one to two hours while individual services are being connected; however, residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. At the completion of the project, crews will restore all impacted streets, sod, and landscaping.