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June 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM PDT

Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Visalia

VISALIA, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has started a water main replacement project in northern Visalia that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for local customers, and enhance fire protection in the area for first responders.

The project, which is expected to be completed in August, includes the installation of 1,400 feet of new 12-inch ductile iron and 8-inch PVC water main and 14 new individual service connections. Construction is taking place on Riggin Avenue, from Conyer Street to Giddings Street.

"This water infrastructure upgrade is an important step to protect against leaks, ensure safe and reliable water service every day to Visalia residents and businesses, and deliver the water firefighters need during an emergency," said District Manager Tammy Kelly. "These improvements are a reflection of our promise to provide quality, service, and value to our customers and communities."

Work on the project is performed Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, according to Kelly. When the project is completed, crews will restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction to as close to the previous condition as possible.

Following installation, Cal Water must temporarily interrupt water service for one to two hours for affected customers while their individual services are connected to the new water main. Residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Cal Water serves about 144,200 people through 45,300 service connections in Visalia and about two million people through 486,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1926. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.