To increase fire protection for local residents, Cal Water’s Bear Gulch District is in the process of building an interconnection between its system and the City of Menlo Park’s water supply. As the name suggests, interconnections connect two separate systems via a pipeline. In this case, the goal is to supply either partner with extra water in the event of a fire. If one system is being drained, the other system can help support the firefighting effort, improving supply reliability and fire protection.
Crews are installing 3,250 feet of 12-inch ductile iron pipe and six fire hydrants to further strengthen the systems. The interconnect will run from Sand Hill Road at Whiskey Hill Road onto Sand Hill Road.