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Cal Water to begin water main replacement in Chico

The entire project is expected to be completed in six to eight months, Cal Water said.

Posted: Jan 16, 2020 4:08 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 7:23 AM

CHICO, Calif. - California Water Service will soon begin a water infrastructure upgrade on Esplanade Avenue that will strengthen water system reliability and infrastructure resiliency for customers' everyday needs and firefighters' emergency needs, Cal Water announced.

The largest part of the project includes crews installing 8,000 feet of new 12-inch water main along Esplanade, from Amber Grove Road to 11th Avenue.

Cal Water will begin initial construction preparations for the week of Jan. 21. The entire project is expected to be completed in six to eight months, Cal Water said.

There will be a community meeting hosted by Cal Water on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in advance of actual construction beginning, to provide more information on what nearby residents and businesses can expect during construction.

As well as how the project will improve the water system for local customers. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fairview High School Multi-Purpose Room at 290 East Avenue in Chico.

Crews will also install 17 new fire hydrants and more than 100 new, individual service connections as part of the project. The project is being done ahead of, and in coordination with, the City of Chico’s upcoming road paving project to be cost-effective and minimize temporary impacts to residents, businesses, and motorists.

“This important infrastructure upgrade will enable us to continue delivering a reliable supply of safe, high-quality drinking water to our customers while also helping first responders protect the community in the event of an emergency,” said District Manager George Barber. “Additionally, by working with the city of Chico to install the new water main before the road is paved, we can reduce paving costs and minimize any temporary inconvenience to those in and traveling through the area.”

Crews will make efforts to minimize traffic delays during construction, which will be performed Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Cal Water said.

After installation, crews will conduct water quality testing and connect individual service lines to the new water main. Water service will be temporarily interrupted for one to two hours as crews connect customers’ service lines to the main; however, Cal Water said they will notify residents in advance of any planned shutdowns.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more and ask questions.

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