CalWater in Visalia invests $8.8M in infrastructure, donates $45,000 to local charities
VISALIA — California Water Service’s (Cal Water) Visalia District invested $8.8 million in infrastructure in 2017 to improve water mains, generators, treatment plants, and fire hydrants. The company and its employees also invested money and time to improve the lives of the Visalia community.
During 2017, Cal Water helped non-profits provide vital services to community members in need by donating to the Bethlehem Center, Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation, Visalia Emergency Aid Council, National Guard Armory, and other organizations. The funds were donated as part of the utility’s philanthropic giving program and were not paid for by ratepayers.
In addition to providing monetary contributions, Visalia District employees served the community by assisting with the Blind Babies Foundation, volunteering during the Visalia Emergency Aid Council’s Christmas give-away and by serving Visalia Rotary Club, Visalia Lions Club, the City of Visalia’s Parks and Recreation Commission and the Visalia Environmental Committee.
“We are glad to partner with these important organizations, which provide such essential services to our community,” said District Manager Tammy Kelly. “California Water Service values being able to give back to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.”
In 2017, the Visalia District also replaced 1.9 miles of water main, installed 746 new services, two generators, and 35 fire hydrants, and rehabilitated four wells. The utility also constructed three granular-activated carbon-based treatment plants to ensure the local water supply does not exceed the new 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) standard of 5 parts per trillion (ppt), which was set by the State Water Resource Control Board in July.
“Our promise to our customers is to provide them with quality, service, and value. By investing in our infrastructure, we can ensure our customers continue to receive a reliable, high-quality water supply around the clock and that this promise is fulfilled for generations to come,” Kelly said.
Cal Water serves about 43,100 service connections in Visalia and about 2 million people through 480,300 service connections in California. The utility has provided water service in the area since 1926. Additional information may be obtained online at www.calwater.com.