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August 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM PDT

Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Rancho Palos Verdes

TORRANCE, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has begun a water infrastructure upgrade in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers' everyday needs, while also enhancing fire protection in the area for firefighters to protect the community during emergencies. This is a separate infrastructure upgrade from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project.

The project, which is expected to take approximately 10 weeks, includes the installation of 3,200 feet of new 6-inch ductile iron water main, as well as the replacement of about 40 individual water services. Crews will also replace four fire hydrants. Installation will take place on Mustang Road, from Surrey Lane to Bronco Drive; on Bronco Drive, from Palos Verdes Drive East to Martingale Drive; and along a portion of Stallion Road.

"Our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers begins with a commitment to proactively upgrade our water infrastructure," said District Manager Dan Armendariz. "These investments in our water system will help protect against leaks, ensure we can continue to deliver safe, high-quality drinking water, and provide fire protection to Rancho Palos Verdes residents and businesses, both now and for decades to come."

Crews are making every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, which is being performed Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After construction is completed, crews will conduct water quality testing before connecting individual service lines to the new water main. Crews will also restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction to as close to the previous condition as possible.

Following installation, water service will be temporarily interrupted for one to two hours while individual services are connected to the new water main and put into service. Cal Water will notify residents in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Cal Water serves approximately 313,400 people through 87,900 service connections in its system and another 44,600 people through an operations and maintenance contract with the City of Hawthorne. Company-wide, Cal Water serves about 2 million people through 486,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1927. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.