Installation of New Water Main Begins in Bakersfield

As part of its commitment to ensuring critical infrastructure remains safe and reliable, Cal Water has started a water infrastructure upgrade in the La Cresta/Alta Vista neighborhood of Bakersfield to ensure customers and firefighters continue to have the water they need for their everyday and emergency needs.

The project, which is expected to be completed in July, includes the installation of 2,500 feet of new 8-inch PVC water main and the replacement of seven individual customer service connections. Crews will also install one new fire hydrant to improve access for firefighters. Installation will take place on Linden Avenue, from La Cresta Drive to Panorama Drive; on Panorama Drive, from Linden Avenue to River Boulevard; and on River Boulevard, from Panorama Drive to 3700 River Boulevard.

“As essential service workers, our crews will continue working to deliver quality, service, and value to residents and businesses in Bakersfield,” said Interim District Manager Tammy Kelly. “This important infrastructure upgrade will enable us to keep delivering a reliable supply of safe, high-quality water to our customers for their drinking, cooking, handwashing, and other household needs, both now and for many years to come. Additionally, it will help first responders protect the community in an emergency.”

Crews will make every effort to minimize traffic delays during construction, which will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Following installation, crews will conduct water quality testing before connecting existing individual customer service lines to the new water main. Crews will also restore all streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction.