Cal Water’s Visalia District reaffirmed its commitment to improving the communities it serves in 2017 by donating $45,140 to local charitable organizations and investing $8,805,925 dollars in infrastructure improvement projects, including new water mains, generators, services, treatment plants, and fire hydrants. Four wells were also rehabilitated.
This year, the Visalia District helped non-profits provide vital services to community members in need by donating to the Bethlehem Center, Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation, Visalia Emergency Aid Council, National Guard Armory, and other organizations. The funds were donated as part of the utility’s philanthropic giving program and not paid for by ratepayers.
In addition to providing monetary contributions, Visalia District employees also served the community by assisting with the Blind Babies Foundation, Visalia Emergency Aid, Visalia Rotary Club, Visalia Lions Club, and with the City of Visalia’s Parks and Recreation Commission and the Visalia Environmental Committee.
"We are glad to partner with these important organizations, which provide such essential services to our community," said District Manager Tammy Kelly. "California Water Service values being able to give back to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve."
In 2017, the Visalia District also replaced 1.9 miles of water main, installed 746 new services, two generators, and 35 fire hydrants, and rehabilitated four wells. The utility also constructed three granular-activated carbon-based treatment plants to ensure the local water supply does not exceed the new 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) standard of 5 parts per trillion (ppt), which was set by the State Water Resource Control Board in July.
"Our promise to our customers is to provide them with quality, service, and value. By investing in our infrastructure, we can ensure our customers continue to receive a reliable, high-quality water supply around the clock and that this promise is fulfilled for generations to come," said Kelly.