Utilities Projects

The City of Palo Alto’s Utilities Operations and Engineering Divisions have multiple ongoing projects throughout the City to repair, replace, upgrade and/or underground electric, water, gas, wastewater facilities.

For a general Projects Overview--click here.


FAQ: Why do I see Utilities crews digging up a street that was just repaved?
This only happens when there is an urgent problem that must be addressed. Otherwise, a 5 year moratorium on planned projects is observed after a street has been repaved

FAQ: How do I get details on specific projects?
Click here or view the details listed under each major Capital Improvement Project (CIP) category below.

Electric System Improvements
Gas System Improvements      
Water System Improvements
Sewer System Improvements  

Current Project Street Map:
Current Major Utility Projects Map

Sometimes, smaller CIP projects will not be listed on the website. If you have any questions regarding a CIP project not listed, please call:

Electric:  (650) 566-4502
Water, gas and sewer: (650) 566-4503

News Updates

Utilities Engineering Location:
1007 Elwell Court
Palo Alto CA 94303
Contact:
Electric
Phone: (650) 566-4500
Water, Gas, Wastewater
Phone: (650) 566-4501
Fax: (650) 566-4536
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Utilities Operations Location:
Municipal Service Center
3201 East Bayshore Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Contact:
Electric
Phone: (650) 496-6934
Fax: (650) 493-8427
Water, Gas, Wastewater
Phone:
(650)496-6982
Fax: (650) 496-6924
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Last Updated: Mar 6, 2013
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Utilities Engineering
Aurora Attacks--Protecting Your Equipment
California Avenue Business District - Major Utility Projects Map
Map of Current Major Utility Projects--2012
Electrical
Electric Capital Improvement Projects 2014-2018
Photo of Electric Utility Worker in Cherry Picker
Wood Pole Inspection Map
1. Electrical Standards
Standard Details
2009 Electric Standard Drawings - Complete Download
Direct Buried Conduit
DRAWING DT-CL-U-1031 - PADMOUNT CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
DRAWING DT-SE-U-1032 - UNDERGROUND SERVICE CONDUIT AND CABLE REQUIREMENTS
DRAWING DT-SS-C-1005 - CONCRETE TRANSFORMER PAD
DRAWING DT-SS-C-1028 - PRECAST CONCRETE PAD FOR LBC CABINET
DRAWING DT-SS-C-1029 - VAULT COVER WITH LADDER BAR
DRAWING DT-SS-U-1001 - INSTALLATION OF STEEL RISER CONDUIT ON WOOD POLE
DRAWING DT-SS-U-1001A - INSTALLATION OF PVC RISER ON WOOD POLE
DRAWING DT-SS-U-1002 - UNDERGROUND 0-600 VOLT JUNCTION BOXES
DRAWING DT-SS-U-1003 - UNDERGROUND DUCT LINES – TYPICAL TRENCH SECTION DETAILS
DRAWING DT-SS-U-1025 - MANDREL TESTING
DRAWING DT-SS-U-1026 - CONCRETE SWITCH PAD DETAIL
DRAWING SL-SS-C-1021 - STREET LIGHT FOUNDATION - 10' TO 14'
DRAWING SL-SS-C-1022 - STREET LIGHT FOUNDATION - 20' TO 25'
DRAWING SL-SS-C-1023 - STREET LIGHT FOUNDATION - 30'
DRAWING SL-SS-C-1024 - STREET LIGHT FOUNDATION - PEDESTAL TYPE
DRAWING SR-CL-O-1011 - SERVICE DROP CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
DRAWING SR-CL-O-1015 - MINIMUM GROUND CLEARANCES FOR RESIDENTIAL SERVICE DROPS
DRAWING SR-CL-O-1016 - GROUND CLEARANCES FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICE DROPS
DRAWING SR-CL-O-1017 - CLEARANCE FOR SERVICE POLE FOR SUPPLY SERVICE DROP
DRAWING SR-CL-O-1018 - CLEARANCES FROM SWIMMING POOLS, HOT TUBS AND SPAS
DRAWING SR-CN-O-1009 - TYPICAL OVERHEAD SERVICE INSTALLATION
DRAWING SR-CN-U-1010 - RESIDENTIAL UNDERGROUND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
DRAWING SR-MT-E-1012 - REQUIRED MINIMUM CLEARANCES OF METER SOCKETS
DRAWING SR-MT-E-1013 - CLEARANCE FOR METER CABINET ENCLOSURES
DRAWING SR-MT-E-1014 - DIAGRAM OF CONNECTIONS, METER SOCKETS
DRAWING SR-MT-E-1035 Meter Installation in Residential Driveway
DRAWING SR-MT-M-1019 - VOLTAGE TRANSFORMER MOUNTING PLATE
DRAWING SR-TS-O-1006 - OVERHEAD TEMPORARY SERVICE
DRAWING SR-TS-O-1007 - TEMPORARY SERVICE OUTHOUSE
DRAWING SR-TS-U-1008 - UNDERGROUND TEMPORARY SERVICE
DRAWING SR-XF-E-1020 - TRANSITION CABINET
Electric Requirements Complete List of Drawings
Electric Standard Drawings - Section I
Electric Standard Drawings - Section II
Electric Standard Drawings - Section III
Electric Standard Drawings - Section IV
Electric Standard Drawings - Section V
Installation of PVC Riser Conduit on Wood Poles
Installation of Steel Riser Conduit on Wood Poles
Pad Mount Clearance Requirements
Pre-Cast Concrete Pad for LBC Cabinet
Vault Cover with Ladder Bar
CIP Projects
Electric Service Underground Conversion Conduit Installation Drawings
Electric Service Underground Conversion Specifications
Electric System Overview
Electric Underground District 45 Boundary Map
Electric Underground District 45 FAQ's
Electric Utility Completed Underground Conversion Projects Map
Electric Utility Proposed Capital Improvement Program Map
LED Streetlighting Conversion Project Map
General Drawings
General WGW Standard Details - Appendix A (Complete Download)
General Service Application Forms
A Guide to Water-Gas-Wastewater Utility Service Application
Application for Utility Disconnection prior to Demolition
Commercial / Multi-family - Water, Gas, Wastewater Utility Service Application - Load Sheet
Commercial / Multi-Family Application (Electric, Water, Gas, & Wastewater)
Commercial / Multi-family Project (Electric, Water, Gas, & Wastewater) - Application, Requirements & Installation Notes
Commercial/Multi-family Electric Service Application & Requirements
Declaration concerning Tenancy of Buildings prior to Issuance of a Demolition Permit
Electric Service Application Procedure
Electric Vehicle Charger Information
Guidelines for Residential Service Design Load Information
Residential - Water, Gas, Wastewater Utility Service Application - Load Sheet
Single Family Residential Application (Electric, Water, Gas, & Wastewater)
Single Family Residential Application (Electric, Water, Gas, & Wastewater) - Application, Requirements & Installation Notes
Single Family Residential Electric Service Application, Requirements, & Installation Details
Temporary Electric Service Application
Temporary Electric Service Application, Requirements, & Installation Details
Water Cross Connection Control Questionnaire
Natural Gas
Gas Pipeline Overview--Barron Park Focus
Gas System Overview
CIP Projects
Gas System Overview
GMR 19B-20-21 Project Map
Natural Gas Completed Capital Improvement Program Plan
Natural Gas Proposed Capital Improvement Program Plan
Project 18/19A - Gas Main Replacement Project, Notice of Construction Letter
Project 18/19A Location Map - Gas Main Replacement
Project 18/19A Street List
Wastewater
Call Before You Clear---For Sewer Back-ups Call City First!
Resolution re Revised Sanitary Sewer Management Plan=2013
Sewer System Management Plan--Revised Oct. 31, 2013
CIP Projects
Project 22/23 Construction Notice
Project 22/23 Location Map 2
Project 22-23 Overview
Sewer Main Replacement Project 22/23--Map 2
Sewer Project 22/23 Location Map 1
Wastewater Completed Capital Improvement Program Plan
Wastewater Proposed Capital Improvement Program Plan
Water
FAQ's on Water Supply Agreement
Recycled Water Final Notice of Preparation
CIP Projects
Completed Capital Improvement Program Plan Water Utility
El Camino Park Project Project Schedule
El Camino Project Sign
Emergency Water Supply & Storage Project--Community Presentation
Emergency Water Supply Project-Notice of Construction-Approved
Mayfield Project Sign
Mayfield Pump Station Augmentation Project Schedule
Project 23-24 Council Report 2317
Project 23-24 Notice and Maps
Project 23-24 Water Main Replacement Project
Proposed Capital Improvement Program Plan
Water Supply Project Overview
Water System Completed Projects Map--1986-2010
Well Rehabilitation Project Schedule
Water Specifications
Natural Gas Distribution System--2685
Water Specifications--2660
General
Complete Appendix A Docs for WGW Standard Specifications-2013
Complete Appendix B-Water Standard Details
Complete Wastewater Standards---1 Complete
Complete WGW Specification Standards--2013