Water Infrastructure Improvement Project Begins in Bakersfield

NewsCal Water has started a water infrastructure upgrade in Bakersfield that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency while also enhancing fire protection in the central part of town.

The project, which will take approximately four months to complete, includes the replacement of 3,900 feet of new 12-inch ductile iron and 8- and 6-inch PVC water main. Crews will also relocate five hydrants in the area for improved access for firefighters.

“The new water main and hydrants will ensure we can deliver safe and reliable water service to Bakersfield residents and businesses for years to come, and sufficient supplies to first responders to protect our community in an emergency,” said District Manager Geoff Fulks. “This project is part of our strategic, proactive investment in the water system infrastructure so we can continue to provide quality, service, and value to our Bakersfield customers.”

Construction will take place on Haley Street, Dartmouth Street, and Vanderbilt Drive Mondays through Fridays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction.

Cal Water will conduct water quality testing at the completion of the project, and all individual water services will be connected to the new main after test results are returned. Residents will be notified in advance of any planned shutdown needed to connect their service to the main, which is normally scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. At the conclusion of the project, crews will restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction to as close to the previous condition as possible.