California American Water continues infrastructure replacement

In its ongoing commitment to systematically replace aging infrastructure, as well as improve water delivery service, California American Water is nearing completion on the replacement and upgrade of 10,100 feet of water transmission mains in the cities of San Gabriel and San Marino...

• More than 10,000 feet of aging water transmission mains being replaced in San Gabriel and San Marino

ROSEMEAD, CA, Oct. 24, 2008 -- In its ongoing commitment to systematically replace aging infrastructure, as well as improve water delivery service, California American Water is nearing completion on the replacement and upgrade of 10,100 feet of water transmission mains in the cities of San Gabriel and San Marino.

"The new pipe is eight inches in diameter. The result will be improved water volume for homes and businesses, and increased fire hydrant flow for the cities," says Operations Manager Garry Hofer. "The old 4-inch water main we're replacing includes some stretches that are more than 70 years old."

The upgrade is consistent with increased fire protection goals throughout the region. As water companies address the daunting prospect of replacing aging infrastructure, larger diameter pipes allow for increased fire protection.

"Some of the hydrants served by the old 4-inch mains currently produce only about 500 gallons of water a minute (gpm)," says Hofer. "With the new main, the flow from those hydrants will increase to more than 1,000 gpm."

California American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 600,000 people.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

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