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May 16, 2019 at 5:15 PM PDT

Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Completed in Chico

CHICO, Calif. — California Water Service (Cal Water) has completed a water infrastructure upgrade in Chico that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency while also enhancing fire protection in the northwest area of Chico.

The infrastructure improvement project, which began in mid-March, included the installation of 1,272 feet of new 6-inch PVC water main and 26 new individual service line connections, as well as the replacement of one fire hydrant, along San Jose Street, from East Lassen Avenue to Rafael Street. Crews also conducted water quality testing before connecting individual service lines to the new main, and restored all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction.

"This new water main will help protect against leaks, ensure we can reliably deliver safe, high-quality drinking water for customers' everyday needs, and provide sufficient fire protection to first responders in emergencies," said District Manager George Barber. "These improvements are part of our ongoing, proactive investment in the local water infrastructure, so we can fulfill our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to Chico residents and businesses, both now and for decades to come."

Cal Water serves about 102,200 people through 29,000 service connections in Chico and Hamilton City and about two million people through 484,900 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the state since 1926. Additional information may be obtained online at