California Water Service Group has announced that it invested $273.8 million in water system infrastructure in 2019 to keep systems in its service area safe and reliable.

California Water Service Group is the third largest publicly traded water utility in the United States and provides water and wastewater services to about two million people in more than 100 communities in California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii.

Among the infrastructure projects completed in California last year were:

  • Installation of 145,881 feet of new water main to replace aging pipes across its California service areas
  • A groundwater treatment facility with two wells in East Los Angeles that can produce and treat 5 million gallons of water per day
  • One new treatment plant in Visalia to enable the district to again utilize a well as a source of supply for local customers
  • Replacement of three critical pump stations in the company’s Bear Gulch, Chico, and Dominguez systems
  • Installation of 11 permanent backup power generators in the Bakersfield, Bear Gulch, Chico, Palos Verdes, and Salinas systems

“We take our responsibility to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality water utility services to our customers very seriously, and one way we do that is by investing in water system upgrades,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO.

In addition, the group invested in projects across all California districts to help mitigate wildfire risks and keep water flowing in the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff by electric companies.

“Keeping our systems dependable for our customers’ everyday needs and our firefighters’ emergency needs is the basis for fulfilling our promise to provide quality, service, and value,” explained Kropelnicki.

Source: CA Water Daily