Cal Water held a groundbreaking ceremony this week to commence construction of a new tank and booster pump station in its Stockton District. Stockton Councilmember Christina Fugazi, Stockton Fire Chief Erik Newman, and San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Carlos Villapudua were among those in attendance, as the utility begins this important water system upgrade.
Cal Water will be replacing the aging 500,000-gallon elevated storage tank with a ground-level steel tank that is able to hold 2.5 million gallons of water. The standing tank is more than 75 years old and must be replaced, as modern seismic standards have become more stringent.
The new infrastructure will ensure that Cal Water has enough water to meet future customer demand in Stockton and that the water is pumped evenly throughout the water system. This project will also improve water supply reliability, provide emergency storage, and increase fire protection.
“Today is a bittersweet moment as we decommission our iconic standing tank; however, it had to be done to ensure the safety of our customers and neighbors,” said District Manager John Freeman at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We are pleased to begin this new, critical infrastructure improvement project that will better serve the needs of our customers and community for years to come.”