As part of its commitment to ensuring critical infrastructure remains safe and reliable, Cal Water has started a water infrastructure upgrade near Sierra Middle School in Bakersfield to ensure customers and firefighters continue to have the water they need for their everyday and emergency needs.
The project, which is expected to be completed in September, includes the installation of 1,600 feet of new 8-inch PVC water main. Crews will also install one new fire hydrant to improve emergency water access for firefighters. Installation will take place on Oswell Street, from Niles Street to south of Center Street.
“As essential service workers, our crews will continue working to deliver quality, service, and value to residents and businesses in Bakersfield,” said Interim District Manager Tammy Kelly. “This important infrastructure upgrade will enable us to keep delivering a reliable supply of safe, high-quality water to our customers for their drinking, cooking, handwashing, and other household needs, both now and for many years to come. Additionally, it will help first responders protect the community in an emergency.”
Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, which will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will also work to minimize any temporary service interruptions so that residents continue to have the water they need during this time. Residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Following installation, crews will conduct water quality testing before connecting existing individual customer service lines to the new water main. Crews will also restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction.