Cal Water Begins Infrastructure Improvement Project in Los Altos
LOS ALTOS, Calif.—California Water Service (Cal Water) began an important water main replacement project in central Los Altos last week that will keep critical water infrastructure and service in the area safe and reliable. The upgrade will ensure customers continue to have the water they need for their everyday and emergency needs.
The project, which will take about nine weeks to complete, includes the installation of approximately 2,600 feet of new 8-inch ductile iron water main. Additionally, crews will replace six aging fire hydrants to improve first responders' access to water and 24 customer service connections. Installation will take place on Lincoln Avenue, between Palm Avenue and Orange Street, and on Palm Avenue, between Washington Street and Lee Street.
According to Los Altos District Manager Dawn Smithson, a portion of the former main was located in an alley between homes, so moving the main will make it easier and less disruptive for repairs.
"This infrastructure upgrade will enable us to continue to deliver a reliable supply of safe, clean water to local customers, both now and for years to come, and ensure first responders have the water they need to protect the community in an emergency," said Smithson.
Crews will work to minimize traffic delays and any other temporary inconvenience during construction, which will take place Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Following installation, crews will conduct water quality testing and connect individual customer service connections to the new water main. Water service must be briefly interrupted as crews connect customer service connections to the main; however, Cal Water will notify residents in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. All streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction will be restored to as close to the previous condition as possible.
Cal Water serves approximately 70,100 people through 19,000 service connections in the Los Altos area and about 2 million people through 492,600 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1931. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.