Rancho Palos Verdes Community Update Center

Last update: June 24, 2024, 9:55 pm

Cal Water truck in Palos VerdesWhile the ground near Portuguese Bend and in other areas within Rancho Palos Verdes has been shifting for decades, we have seen an increase in ground movement recently, particularly following the significant rainfall we received over the past two years. In this same time period, Cal Water has seen an increase in pipe leaks—along with leaks in customer private water lines and other utility lines—in this area.

On this page, we will share updates on what we at Cal Water are doing to address leaks that develop on our water mains, mitigate the occurrence of future water main leaks, and support our communities in Rancho Palos Verdes.

What We are Doing

We are taking a multi-pronged approach to address leaks in this area both immediately and long-term. Current and recently completed projects and their status are listed below. Click the title of a project or leak report (Reported leak icon) for additional information. Leak reports will remain on this page for one week after they have been resolved.

If your water service has been interrupted for a water main repair and you need to purchase bottled water to use during that time, you may send your receipt to us for reimbursement. Simply include your name and account number, and mail it to: California Water Service, Attn: Bottled Water Reimbursement, 2632 West 237th St., Torrance, CA 90505.

For more information on the difference between Cal Water and customer leaks, see the Is Cal Water responsible for plumbing leaks? FAQ.

Current Projects/Leak Reports

Reported leak icon 6/24/2024—Burma Road

Summary: Leak alarm received Monday evening.

Status: Repair crew en route

Installing above-ground main on Vanderlip Trail and Drive

Summary: We have expanded the Vanderlip Trail main replacement to also include a portion of Vanderlip Drive.

Status: Water main alignment along the trail is in final design. Main installation in progress on Vanderlip Drive.

Installing 9,500 feet of new water pipes in Portuguese Bend Community Association

Summary: Cal Water plans to replace 7,000 feet of smaller main with larger-diameter main and install additional main.

Status: Installation expected to begin in June.

Replacing water main in Seaview, west of Schooner Drive

Summary: We plan to replace the remaining water main west of Schooner Drive.

Status: Water main alignment in final design.

Replacing water main between PV Drive South & Yacht Harbor

Summary: Crews intend to add above-ground main near the Portuguese Bend Beach Club community.

Status: Design completed; preparing for construction.

Installing above-ground main in Portuguese Bend Beach Club

Summary: Crews plan to install above-ground main in the Portuguese Bend Beach Club, between Yacht Harbor Drive and PV Drive South.

Status: In design process.

Stationing personnel in Seaview & PBCA 24/7

Summary: Crew will be stationed in area, so we are closer and can respond more quickly to reported leaks.

Status: Effective until further notice.

Investigating other pipe materials and/or construction methods

Summary: Newer materials/methods for water main replacements that may better withstand ground movement are being evaluated.

Status: Evaluation of materials and methods underway.

Walking Burma Trail

Summary: Crew walking pipeline path each weekday.

Status: Ongoing since September 8, 2023.

Elevating all leaks in Rancho Palos Verdes

Summary: We have been elevating all water main leaks in Rancho Palos Verdes to our "Code 4"—or highest—response priority, so crews respond to water main leaks as quickly as possible.

Status: Ongoing since early 2023.

Completed Projects/Leak Reports

Reported leak icon 6/24/2024—Sweetbay Road

Summary: Possible leak reported Monday morning.

Status: Water confirmed to not be Cal Water leak; no Cal Water infrastructure nearby.

Reported leak icon 6/23/2024—Vanderlip Drive

Summary: A crew member on site identified a potential leak.

Status: Leak confirmed on customer's service line. Affected service line shut down to stop leak pending customer repairs.

Reported leak icon 6/22/2024—Cinnamon Lane, near Clovetree

Summary: Possible leak reported Saturday morning.

Status: Leak confirmed on customer's private water line. Line shut down to stop leak pending customer repair.

Reported leak icon 6/21/2024—Palos Verdes Drive South, near Narcissa

Summary: A leak was reported on Palos Verdes Drive South

Status: Water service restored.

Reported leak icon 6/21/2024—Cinnamon Lane

Summary: A leak was reported on Cinnamon Lane.

Status: Water service restored.

Reported leak icon 6/18/2024—Dauntless Drive

Summary: Possible leak at meter reported Tuesday afternoon.

Status: Customer to exercise or replace valve on customer side of meter.

Adjusting above-ground swing joint on Peppertree

Summary: Crews conducting proactive maintenance May 23.

Status: Work completed.

Realigning water main on Vanderlip Drive

Summary: Crews proactively realigning water main on Vanderlip Drive due to recent land movement.

Status: Water service has been restored.

Utilizing leak detection technicians

Summary: Leak detection technicians are "on the ground" to survey infrastructure and listen for active, unsurfaced leaks.

Status: Crews have completed canvassing the Peninsula, and we are working with the E-Source team to compile data to determine future survey efforts.

Installing booster connection in PBCA

Summary: Crews installing booster connection to help minimize service interruptions when making main repairs.

Status: Construction completed, and booster pump control in use when needed.

Shoring up above-ground main Seaview amid storms

Summary: Recent storms washed away soil under parts of the above-ground main, leaving those portions "floating."

Status: Crews added support to the main to keep it stable.

Installing above-ground main on PV Drive South, near Wayfarers Chapel

Summary: Crews to begin installation of main above-ground beginning March 4.

Status: Construction completed, and main in service.

Installing above-ground water main on Clovetree Place in PBCA

Summary: Crews are replacing water main with above-ground main.

Status: Construction completed, and new main in service.

Supporting above-ground main on Dauntless

Summary: Crews began and completed work on March 31.

Status: This project has been completed.

Installing above-ground water main in Seaview

Summary: We will install above-ground water pipes in a portion of Seaview.

Status: Water main installation completed January 12.

Moving water main on Yacht Harbor

Summary: This project is designed to enhance water system reliability and reduce the likelihood of leaks.

Status: Completed on Tuesday, November 7

Installing leak detection sensors

Summary: We have installed water leak detection sensors in strategic locations on the Cal Water distribution system.

Status: Crews installed 60 sensors in September and October

Installing water pressure monitors

Summary: Crews have installed water pressure monitors in strategic locations in the distribution system to check for shifts in water pressure.

Status: Six monitors installed and functional.

Conducting pipeline design assessment in Seaview

Summary: Contractor will conduct topographic survey for future water system upgrade.

Status: Crews completed survey work Oct. 12.

Adding additional water leak repair crews

Summary: Additional water leak repair crews will be made available in the event we experience multiple leaks at the same time.

Status: Second third-party construction company retained to provide backup support for water main leak repairs.

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Checking for leaks on your property

Leaks can also occur on customers' private water lines, valves, hoses, sprinklers, and pools. Here are some ways you can spot a leak on your property.

  • Yard leaks: Look for wet spots or patches of grass that are greener than the rest of your yard—these could indicate a leak in the pipe.
  • Broken sprinklers: Check your sprinkler system for any broken sprinkler heads or leaks.
  • Pool leaks: Keep an eye on the water level in your pool. If it's losing an eighth of an inch or more per day, there's likely a leak.
  • Unsure if you have a leak: Turn off the water inside and outside your home, and check your water meter. If the small leak indicator dial spins, water is still pushing through the meter. (Please note the meter lid is heavy; please remove carefully.)