Bear Gulch District Constructs New Storage Tank

Cal Water has completed the construction of a 1-million-gallon water storage tank in its Bear Gulch service area to increase water supply reliability for its customers.

The $2.2 million steel tank replaced a 100-year-old concrete tank and was designed and constructed of materials that better withstand earthquakes.

Due to its age, the former tank’s concrete had started to crack, and Cal Water needed to ensure that the water and tank materials did not leak into the neighboring creek.

This project was part of the company’s systematic infrastructure maintenance plan to ensure that Cal Water customers continue to receive high-quality water and that their service is not interrupted.

According to Cal Water Local Manager Dawn Smithson, the Company is committed to keeping costs as low as possible while still upholding its commitment to customers.

“We owe it to our customers to provide them with the same high-quality water that they are accustomed to, and we also owe it to them to be fiscally conservative,” said Smithson. “Through proper care and maintenance, we aim to make this tank last another 100 years.”

Cal Water serves about 57,500 people through 18,800 service connections in Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, and Menlo Park. The company has provided water service in the area since 1936.