Utility Operations Division

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Alhambra City Yard
900 South New Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: 626-300-1567
Dennis Ahlen, Deputy Director of Utilities



The Water Division is responsible for the production, treatment, disinfection, storage, distribution, repair and maintenance of the entire city owned water system. This includes the installation of all new water lines, water main and service repairs, and all fire hydrant repairs. It maintains and operates a water system consisting of eight operational wells, one stand by irrigation well, a Metropolitan Water District service connection, five booster pump stations, six reservoir locations (27.53 million gallons of storage), 27-miles of transmission mains and 128 miles of distribution mains ranging in size from 4 inches to 24 inches, 3731 valves and 916 fire hydrants.


The Wastewater Division maintains and operates the sanitary sewer collection system which consists of 2,800 manholes, seven lift stations with sewer main lines ranging in size from 4 inches to 36 inches in diameter. Approximately 99% of the system is composed of vitrified clay pipes, with less than 1% being cast iron pipe and reinforced concrete pipes. Field personnel use high-pressure jetting to clean lines to maintain the sewer system. The Wastewater Division also maintains 1,000 storm drains, which are periodically cleaned to insure proper drainage during rain events.


The Production Division maintains and operates the water treatment plant. This state of the art facility was constructed in 2008, The water treatment plant on the average treats 1.8 million gallons of water per day, through the process of filtration and disinfection. The water is then piped through the water system providing safe and clean drinking water for Alhambra residents and businesses.

Water Treatment Plant

What's the Status of the General Plan Update?

(Update as of March 19, 2018). You may have seen a notice in Around Alhambra indicating that the Draft General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be available for public review beginning March 23, 2018. However, the City and its consultant continue to refine both documents, and they will not be completed by this date. A new notice indicating a revised date for public review will be issued once the documents are ready. We anticipate that this will occur in the next couple of months and apologize for any inconvenience that this delay has caused. If you have already signed up for email notifications, you will be emailed when the documents are available for review. If you have not signed up and wish to be notified please send an email to: generalplan@cityofalhambra.org. Please type “Request for Notification” in the subject line.


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  • Eco Fair: Informational Booth (Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Alhambra Park)
  • Kick-Off and Introduction: Joint Meeting of the City Council/Commissions/Boards (Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Granada Park Gym)
  • Community meeting to Introduce the Project and Identify Issues (May 20, 2015, Civic Center Library-Reese Hall)
  • 710 Day Celebration: Informational Booth (Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Valley/Fremont)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, June 28, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, July 19, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Community Meeting #2  (Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Alhambra Civic Center Library -Reese Hall)
  • Community Meeting #3 (Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Alhambra Civic Center Library- Reese Hall)



If you have any comments or questions, or would like to receive an email to be notified of upcoming events, please send an email to generalplan@cityofalhambra.org.

e project created needed retail space (including a Denny's Restaurant), affordable housing for seniors, and the elimination of slum and blight. The project has provided the City with $20,000 per year in sales tax revenue and $44,344 in annual property tax revenue.

New Century BMW dealership: Many of the Main Street Auto Row dealerships were given financial incentives to locate and/or expand, leading to approximately $3.3 million annually in sales tax revenue to the City.

Howard Street Town homes Affordable Housing Project

Main Street - Northwest Corner of First & Main

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