Latest News – California Water Service https://www.calwater.com Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:58:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Two Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects Completed in Bakersfield https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/two-water-infrastructure-improvement-projects-completed-in-bakersfield/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:40:52 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6733 Cal Water has completed two water infrastructure upgrades in Bakersfield that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs. Additionally, the upgrades will provide enhanced fire protection to ensure firefighters have access to the water supply they need during an emergency. The first project, which began in March, included the installation…

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Cal Water has completed two water infrastructure upgrades in Bakersfield that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs. Additionally, the upgrades will provide enhanced fire protection to ensure firefighters have access to the water supply they need during an emergency.

The first project, which began in March, included the installation of 2,700 feet of new 12-inch water main along Stockdale Highway, west of McDonald Way to Real Road. The second project, which began in April, included the installation of 4,205 feet of new Pmain near Bakersfield College. Cal Water worked closely with the City of Bakersfield to conduct pipeline installation before the City’s street reconstruction project, which reduced additional costs for paving.

“Cal Water is pleased to complete these two important infrastructure projects, which improve the capacity and reliability of the water system for our customers and first responders,” said District Manager Geoff Fulks. “We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and cooperation as we completed these upgrades, which will help us fulfill our ongoing promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our Bakersfield customers.”

For both projects, crews conducted water quality testing before individual water services were connected to the new mains. At the completion of the projects, crews restored all impacted streets, sod, and landscaping.

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Another Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Completed in Los Altos https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/6732-2/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:33:12 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6732 Cal Water has completed another water main installation project in the Rancho neighborhood of Los Altos. The upgrade will strengthen infrastructure reliability and resiliency for customers and improve fire protection capabilities in the area for first responders. The project, which began in May, included the installation of 4,235 feet of new 8-inch PVC water main…

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Cal Water has completed another water main installation project in the Rancho neighborhood of Los Altos. The upgrade will strengthen infrastructure reliability and resiliency for customers and improve fire protection capabilities in the area for first responders.

The project, which began in May, included the installation of 4,235 feet of new 8-inch PVC water main and 71 new 1-inch service connections. Construction took place on Parma Way, from Rosita Avenue to Fremont Avenue, and along Fremont Avenue to Campbell Avenue. Crews also installed six new fire hydrants to ensure firefighters have the water supply they need to protect the community in an emergency.

“Cal Water is committed to making proactive investments in our local infrastructure to ensure our customers and first responders continue to have a safe and reliable water supply for everyday and emergency needs,” said Cal Water Superintendent Oscar Ramos. “This infrastructure upgrade in Los Altos reinforces the reliability and safety of the local water system and helps us fulfill our promise to provide quality, service, and value to our customers and communities.”

Crews conducted water quality testing before individual water services were connected to the new mains. At the completion of the project, crews restored all impacted streets, sod, and landscaping.

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Completed in Kern River Valley https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/water-infrastructure-improvement-project-completed-in-kern-river-valley/ Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:42:03 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6718 Cal Water has completed a water infrastructure upgrade in its Kern River Valley District’s Arden water system that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs. Additionally, the upgrade will provide enhanced fire protection to ensure firefighters have access to the resources they need during an emergency. The project, which began…

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Cal Water has completed a water infrastructure upgrade in its Kern River Valley District’s Arden water system that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs. Additionally, the upgrade will provide enhanced fire protection to ensure firefighters have access to the resources they need during an emergency.

The project, which began in February, included the installation of 990 feet of new 4-inch and 6-inch PVC water main along Adams Road, as well as the relocation of a pressure-reducing valve station. Crews also installed one new fire hydrant and new 1-inch customer service connections.

“This infrastructure upgrade will ensure we can continue to deliver reliable water service to local residents and augment water flow to firefighters, so they can protect our community in an emergency,” said Local Manager Jon Yasin. “Strategic and proactive water infrastructure investments like this enable us to fulfill our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers.”

Due to the challenging terrain, crews utilized expansion material to crack rocks in order to install the new water main during the project. Crews also conducted water quality testing before connecting individual water services to the new main and restoring all impacted streets, sod, and landscaping.

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Water Infrastructure Upgrade Completed in Los Altos https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/water-infrastructure-upgrade-completed-in-los-altos/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:24:22 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6720 Cal Water has completed the installation of more than 4,200 feet of a new transmission water main in the Los Altos’ Rancho neighborhood, which will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs and enhance fire protection in emergencies. Cal Water crews installed new 16-inch, ductile iron water main on Covington Road,…

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Cal Water has completed the installation of more than 4,200 feet of a new transmission water main in the Los Altos’ Rancho neighborhood, which will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs and enhance fire protection in emergencies.

Cal Water crews installed new 16-inch, ductile iron water main on Covington Road, between Parma Way and South El Monte Avenue, and extending to the intersection of Foothill Expressway and South El Monte Avenue. This is the first part of a two-phase project to extend a new, large-capacity water main through this residential part of Los Altos, and enable crews to take portions of an existing 18-inch water main along Foothill Expressway out of service for maintenance or replacement without impacting water service.

“Through careful planning and execution, we were able to complete this complex water system improvement project without disrupting our customers’ water service,” said Cal Water District Manager Ron Richardson. “Investments in our water system like this project mean our customers and firefighters can continue to receive the quality, service, and value we promise to them, both now and for decades to come.”

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California Water Service Group Awards College Scholarships for Sixth Consecutive Year https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-08-19_awards_scholarships/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 23:07:54 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6715 California Water Service Group announced that a student from Willows, California, and another student from Bakersfield, California, were awarded grand-prize scholarships of $10,000 each as part of California Water Service Group’s sixth annual college scholarship program. In total, 21 college students from Group’s California, Hawaii, and Washington service areas received $60,000 for the 2019-2020 academic…

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California Water Service Group announced that a student from Willows, California, and another student from Bakersfield, California, were awarded grand-prize scholarships of $10,000 each as part of California Water Service Group’s sixth annual college scholarship program. In total, 21 college students from Group’s California, Hawaii, and Washington service areas received $60,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The winners were selected based on outstanding academic achievement, community service, and financial need. In addition to the two top scholarships, awards ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 were given to 19 students, six of whom are first-generation college students.

Dominic Brock, the grand-prize winner from Willows, is a first-generation college student and junior studying political science at California State University, Sacramento. He is part of the university’s honors program, a Community Service Officer for Sacramento State, a peer mentor in political science, and a former housing ambassador, where he was honored as the Hall Council Director of Recognition. Brock also completed internships with the Willows District Attorney’s Office and California State Assembly.

Delaney Beck, the grand-prize winner from Bakersfield, is a senior and star athlete studying economics and mathematics at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Having maintained an exemplary academic record through college, she has consistently earned a place on the Wagner College Dean’s List and the Northeast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and is a member of several honor societies, including Omicron Delta Epsilon-National Economic, Kappa Mu Epsilon-National Mathematics, and Wagner’s Pre-Law Society. Beck graduated from Garces Memorial High School, where she played for the South Valley Soccer Club. She continued her soccer career at Wagner College and is a member of the Wagner Seahawk’s Division 1 soccer program.

“It is a privilege to see so many inspiring young adults in our service areas succeed with the immense support of their family, friends, and community,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This year, we asked these deserving students how the importance of education affects the future of water and were impressed by the thoughtful responses we received. We are pleased to honor and support these dedicated and driven students through our annual scholarship program as they pursue higher education.”

The next scholarship cycle will open in the spring of 2020 for students entering or continuing their degree program in the fall of 2020. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must live in one of Group’s service areas and be pursuing a degree in higher education or plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study program at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year. To learn more about the scholarship program, please visit the California Water Service page, Hawaii Water Service page, or Washington Water Service page.

The scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Scholarships are funded by California Water Service Group’s stockholders, not ratepayers, as part of Group’s philanthropic giving program. To date, Group has awarded $360,000 in scholarships to students through the program.

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Atherton https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0807-bg-main/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 20:10:19 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6698 Cal Water has started a water infrastructure upgrade in the Lloyden Park neighborhood of Atherton that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs, plus enhance fire protection in the area for first responders to protect the community. The project, which is expected to take approximately six weeks, includes the installation…

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NewsCal Water has started a water infrastructure upgrade in the Lloyden Park neighborhood of Atherton that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs, plus enhance fire protection in the area for first responders to protect the community.

The project, which is expected to take approximately six weeks, includes the installation of 3,800 feet of 8-inch PVC water main and 51 2-inch individual water services. Crews will also install nine new fire hydrants. Installation will take place on Rittenhouse Avenue, Belleau Avenue, and Lloyden Drive, between Belleau Avenue and Rittenhouse Avenue.

“Proactive investments in the water system such as this water main replacement project will benefit the Atherton community for years to come, as they protect against leaks and ensure we can continue to deliver a reliable supply of safe, high-quality drinking water and sufficient resources for firefighters to protect our neighborhoods when they need it,” said District Manager Dawn Smithson. “Strategic upgrades to our water infrastructure are an essential part of fulfilling our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to Atherton residents and businesses.”

Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, which will occur Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After construction is completed, crews will conduct water quality testing and connect individual service lines to the new water main. Crews will also restore the asphalt and concrete impacted by the construction.

Following installation of the new water main, crews must temporarily interrupt water service for one to two hours while individual services are connected to the new water main and put into service. Crews will also notify residents in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Rancho Palos Verdes https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0806-pv-main/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 22:31:58 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6700 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…

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NewsCal 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.

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Cal Water Begins Providing Recycled Water to Dominguez Technology Center https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0806-rd-recycling/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:58:32 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6696 As part of its commitment to being a responsible environmental steward, Cal Water has begun providing recycled water to the Dominguez Technology Center (DTC) in Carson, Calif. The recycled water is being supplied pursuant to a new agreement with Cal Water’s wholesale supplier, West Basin Municipal Water District. Under the agreement, Cal Water estimates that…

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NewsAs part of its commitment to being a responsible environmental steward, Cal Water has begun providing recycled water to the Dominguez Technology Center (DTC) in Carson, Calif. The recycled water is being supplied pursuant to a new agreement with Cal Water’s wholesale supplier, West Basin Municipal Water District.

Under the agreement, Cal Water estimates that the DTC will use about 135 acre-feet, or almost 44 million gallons, of recycled water per year, freeing up precious potable water supplies, according to Cal Water District Manager Dan Armendariz. DTC is a 438-acre, 20-building business, industry, technology, and office space by Watson Land Company near the Alameda Corridor. All recycled water operations will be regulated by the independent state agency that oversees Cal Water’s water utility operations.

“In the same way we’re committed to our customers and communities, we’re also committed to protecting the environment,” Armendariz said. “This includes operating with long-term sustainability in mind and utilizing alternative sources of supply when possible. We’re pleased to be partnering with the Dominguez Technology Center and West Basin on this endeavor.”

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Oak Hills https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/water-infrastructure-improvement-project-begins-in-oak-hills/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 21:15:57 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6734 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,…

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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 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.​

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Cal Water Partners with University of the Pacific to Replace 850 Toilets Around Campus https://www.calwater.com/latest_news/2019-0801-stk-uop/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:28:15 +0000 https://www.calwater.com/?post_type=latest_news&p=6689 Early estimates suggest water savings of 125 million gallons Cal Water has begun replacing 850 toilets around the University of the Pacific’s campus with new, water-efficient commodes as part of the University’s initiative to be more environmentally friendly. The new toilets will require 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf), whereas the older toilets used up to…

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Early estimates suggest water savings of 125 million gallons

Cal Water has begun replacing 850 toilets around the University of the Pacific’s campus with new, water-efficient commodes as part of the University’s initiative to be more environmentally friendly. The new toilets will require 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf), whereas the older toilets used up to six gpf, saving an estimated 125 million gallons over the fixtures’ lifetime.

This toilet replacement project is being performed though Cal Water’s conservation and rebate program, which is offered to its commercial, industrial, and residential customers. It is one of the largest replacement projects to date for the utility, according to Ken Jenkins, Cal Water’s Director of Drought Management and Conservation.

Contractor Southwest Environmental will be completing the installations and using American Standard, Niagra, ProFlo, and Sloan models, all of which are EPA WaterSense-approved. The replacements are expected to be completed by the end of August.

“By utilizing this program and partnering with us, the University will make a meaningful reduction in its water use and be a model in water-use efficiency for other institutions,” Jenkins said. “Building lasting, efficient water-use habits and using resources available to our customers are important as we look ahead to the State’s long-term conservation regulations.”

Businesses and residents in Cal Water’s service area can visit this site’s Rebates and Programs page to support their efforts to use water wisely.

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