The City Council has approved a $9.4 million contract to replace 11 miles of water pipeline throughout the city.

On Sept. 3, the council awarded the contract to Borden Excavating Inc., from Calimesa, to replace the pipelines selected based on maintenance history and inspection records.

According to city records, the 2019 Water Pipeline Replacement project is estimated to take eight months and is expected to be complete in May 2020.

Residents will be notified approximately one week prior to work in the area.

Constructions hours will be  7 a.m. to 4 p.m. No-parking signs will be posted 48 hours in advance of construction activities.

This project is a direct result of three annual rate increases that were adopted by council in July 2016.  The funds generated through these increases would replace 25 miles of backlogged water main repairs an additional water main once due for replacement.

City records said that approximately 9.75 miles of deteriorated water pipeline have been replaced. Following the replacement of the pipelines, streets will be resurfaced by the upcoming pavement rehabilitation project, according to the city.