Scroll below to view a list of current City of Palo Alto Utilities projects.
Following the gas, electric, water, sewer and fiber project information below, you will find the answers to the Top Three most frequently asked questions, as well as a list of other links you may find helpful. (Note: Storm Drain projects are under the purview of the Public Works Department.)
Comments and questions are always welcome so feel free to contact us anytime.
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As part of the ongoing work to expand services and upgrade equipment, the main 4 Kilovolt power lines throughout South Palo Alto are being converted to 12 Kilovolt lines. As a result of this upgrade, more customers can be served and all customers will have a more reliable power supply.
Mid-June through mid-July 2014; completed.
Different areas, both residential and commercial, in the southwest quadrant of the City. Locations were processed in rotation and any one customer experienced only one power shutdown on a single date.
To allow us to complete the transfers to the new lines, customers needed to have power shutoff for a single day, from roughly 9:30am to 4:00pm. All impacted customers received direct notices of the shutoff, at least 3 days or more before the event.
Wooden Pole Inspections
Davey Tree Surgery Company will be working with City of Palo Alto Utilities to inspect, treat or reinforce wooden electric poles throughout the City.
Duration (entire project):
February through June 2014; completed 6/2/14
Underground Electric Vault
As part of the ongoing work to expand services to customers and upgrade equipment, a new underground electric vault was installed on the west side (Ramona) of City Hall.
CAL AVE STREETSCAPE project, which is underway and will continue through much of 2014,includes a major water main replacement. All California Avenue stores, restaurants and offices are open during this construction, parking is available and there is a "quiet time" for lunch daily between 11:30am and 1:00pm. Visit here for a full description of the project, its status and to be added to a direct notification list for project updates.
ALL PROJECT STATUS UPDATE (March 2013) - this was a presentation to the Utilities Advisory Commission As of late May 2014 the next Water Main Replacement project (Phase 25) is currently in the bidding/contractor hiring process.
UNIVERSITY AVE BEAUTIFICATION: Although not a Utilities project, you may be interested in the Public Works Department’s University Ave Beautification project which includes irrigation efficiency improvements. For more details, click here
Build a long-term emergency water supply system that will provide enough water to meet basic needs for the entire City in the event of an earthquake or other emergency that cuts off our normal water supply from the Hetch-Hetchy regional system.
Demolition of the existing Mayfield Pump station and installation of a new pump station and emergency generator. Once completed, the new pump station will be used to supply water to the City under normal and emergency conditions.
Special Note: The City of Los Altos is conducting a major sewer system upgrade now through June 2014
that will impact traffic conditions on major roads in and near Palo Alto, including San Antonio Rd (between
Charleston Rd & Hwy 101) and Bayshore Parkway. More info at: www.losaltosca.gov
Replace aging sewer system components (mains, manholes and service laterals) Details below are for phase 22/23 of this long-term, ongoing effort. The next phase (24/25) is currently in design and will go out for bid summer 2014.
Duration (entire project):
2012 through 2014
Duration (of current section):
December 2013 – May 2014
Location (of current section):
Alma St. (some side street closures between Seale Ave. and N. California, although residents will always have access to their homes.)
·What do the colored markings in the street mean? These different colored lines and letters have been placed to indicate the location of various underground utilities, so construction crews will not hit them while excavating. They are placed by Underground Services Alert (USA), the folks you should call (811) ANYTIME you plan to dig on your property. Click here to see a chart explaining what all the colors mean.
·Why are Utilities crews digging up a street that was just repaved? This only happens when there is an urgent problem that must be addressed immediately. Otherwise, a 5 year moratorium on planned projects is observed after a street has been repaved.