Chico residents can rest easier knowing their water supply is more reliable than ever, thanks to critical infrastructure improvement projects that will provide an emergency supply for fire protection and increase water resources, just in time to meet higher summer usage demands.
Cal Water has completed the installation of a new 1.5-million-gallon storage tank, hydro-pneumatic surge tank, generator, and two water booster pumps, which will provide emergency supplies, equalize pressure, and transport water throughout the system. Construction on a new well will also begin next week as water supplies could be strained during peak demand times without an increase in resources. The well can produce up to 1,000 gallons per minute, or nearly 1.5 million gallons of water per day.
Well construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Traffic is not expected to be impacted. The project, located near the City of Chico Municipal Center, is expected to be completed by early 2017. .
“Cal Water is committed to improving our local infrastructure and ensuring that we have a reliable water supply around the clock, so our local families don’t have to think twice when they turn on the tap,” said Cal Water District Manager Peter Bonacich.