Cal Water has completed a water infrastructure upgrade in its Kern River Valley District’s Arden water system that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers’ everyday needs. Additionally, the upgrade will provide enhanced fire protection to ensure firefighters have access to the resources they need during an emergency.
The project, which began in February, included the installation of 990 feet of new 4-inch and 6-inch PVC water main along Adams Road, as well as the relocation of a pressure-reducing valve station. Crews also installed one new fire hydrant and new 1-inch customer service connections.
“This infrastructure upgrade will ensure we can continue to deliver reliable water service to local residents and augment water flow to firefighters, so they can protect our community in an emergency,” said Local Manager Jon Yasin. “Strategic and proactive water infrastructure investments like this enable us to fulfill our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers.”
Due to the challenging terrain, crews utilized expansion material to crack rocks in order to install the new water main during the project. Crews also conducted water quality testing before connecting individual water services to the new main and restoring all impacted streets, sod, and landscaping.