Cal Water Completes Largest Water Infrastructure Improvement Project to Date

Cal Water Completes Largest Water Infrastructure Improvement Project to Date

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After more than 15 years of planning, two years of construction and months of testing, California Water Service (Cal Water) has completed the utility’s largest water infrastructure upgrade in company history.

Known as the Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project, the project enhances the reliability of the drinking water infrastructure on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and will help ensure that all Peninsula residents and firefighters continue to have safe, reliable water service for their everyday and emergency needs.

Prior to the project’s completion, 90% of the Palos Verdes Peninsula was served by one 60-year-old drinking water pipeline and a single-pump station. The project replaced a portion of the existing water pipeline and added a second pipeline to deliver drinking water to homes and businesses. In total, crews installed about 7 miles of new pipeline. Additionally, the project added a second pump station on a separate electrical grid that will help guard against the risk of prolonged water service outages caused by disruptions such as natural disasters.

“We greatly appreciate the patience and support of the residents, city officials and community partners who made this project possible,” says Martin Kropelnicki, Cal Water President and CEO. “This important infrastructure improvement will help us continue to fulfill our promise to deliver quality, service and value to our customers on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, both now and for many years to come.”

During recent rotating power outages, the new water pipeline and pump station were critical to maintaining water service to residents and businesses and helped prevent major water service interruptions during some of the hottest days of the year.

“As California grapples with climate change, earthquakes and wildfires, this new water infrastructure is already delivering on its promise to help ensure Peninsula residents and firefighters have the safe, high-quality water they need, when they need it,” Kropelnicki says. “Reliable water service has never been more essential, and we are pleased that this critical upgrade is helping ensure the Peninsula is better prepared for the future.”

Cal Water serves approximately 313,400 people through 87,900 service connections in its Rancho Dominguez District and another 44,600 people through an operations and maintenance contract with the City of Hawthorne. Companywide, Cal Water serves about 2 million people through 489,600 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1927.

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