Cal Water will start a water system improvement project in North Redondo Beach on Monday, Nov. 9, with the installation of 2,263 feet of water main to improve fire flow, water supply reliability, and water quality for local customers.
The original four-inch cast-iron main, installed 70 years ago, will be replaced with eight-inch PVC pipe to increase flow capacity and enhance reliability. PVC generally does not rust or corrode and is considered to be more cost-effective than other alternatives.
The new main is being installed on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, from Vail Avenue to Johnston Avenue; on Johnston Avenue, from Manhattan Beach Boulevard to Dow Avenue; and on Thomas Avenue, from Johnston Avenue to Dow Avenue. Construction is expected to be completed by late-December.
This project is part of Cal Water’s systematic infrastructure maintenance and upgrade program. The previous pipe’s condition was declining due to its age and the limited materials that were available when the pipeline was originally built.
Construction will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and some traffic delays or detours may occur. Johnston Avenue and Thomas Avenue will be closed to through traffic but accessible to homes during construction; detour signs will be set up to help navigate the area.
“We will do our best to minimize any traffic impacts and will ensure the streets are left in good condition when the project is complete,” said Cal Water Acting District Manager Dan Trejo. “This important water system upgrade will help us better serve our local customers for years to come.”