Water-Ways Irrigation Engineers, Inc.
20935 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, Ca 93314
Toll Free: 888-887-7473
Water-Ways Irrigation Engineers Inc.’s retail store is located in the Southern San Joaquin Valley, and provides a full line of products to serve all of your water solution needs including: Aluminum, Steel, Yelomine, and PVC. We have a full Rental Fleet to service your short and long term irrigation projects. We also Buy & Sell Used Pipe. Our full service manufacturing shop produces Steel and Aluminum Manifolds, Grooved Fittings, Hold Bands, and can Custom Fabricate anything to your specifications. We also offer Design, Delivery, Installation, and Pipe Repair. Water-Ways guarantees the best and most complete service. We take pride in your project; no job is too small or too large. Every customer is a priority at Water-Ways.
In 1950, Victor Tkac started Water-Ways in a house on Donna Avenue in Bakersfield, CA. The office consisted of a card table, a portable typewriter and a small green metal file cabinet. In June of 1950, our first move was to Brundage Lane. With all of Victor’s hard work, we kept growing. In February 1991, we moved to our current location at 20935 Stockdale Highway, where we continue to service all of our customers’ needs. Jeff Tkac joined the team in May of 1991; eventually taking over when Victor Tkac stepped down to enjoy his retirement.
Throughout all of our years in business, Water-Ways has continued to provide and expand innovative methods of irrigation and service. We became involved with not only the small and medium sized growers, but with the large corporations as well. Our retail business expanded and began to offer more to our customers nationally and internationally. In 2015 we started our newest endeavor, servicing the Hollywood Special Effects Industry.
After nearly 70 years, Water-Ways is still a family owned business that continues to grow and serve the Agriculture and Industrial Communities. With the untimely passing of Jeff Tkac, his wife, Heather took over ownership making Water-Ways a woman owned business for the first time ever. The card table, portable typewriter and small green metal file cabinet are long gone, however the heart and soul of Water-Ways is as much as it was so many years ago.
For All The Ways You Use Water, Call Water-Ways
Heather Van Horn Tkac, Owner of Water-Ways
Heather graduated from Westmont College in 1995. In addition to her role at Water-Ways, she has worked as Vice President of Hudson Valve Company since 2000. Heather is a philanthropist, and enjoys volunteering in the community.
Rhonda Diffee, Vice President and CEO
Rhonda started work in the Finance Department of Water-Ways over 28 years ago, when we were on East Planz Road. She has been in charge of the financial operation for over 24 years.
Mark Valpredo, Vice President of Business Development/COO
Mark grew up in the farming industry, working on his family’s farm. He has 25+ years of experience in Agri-business; doing everything from growing his own crops, to managing large scale operations.
John Robledo, Operations Manager
John was born and raised in McFarland. He has worked in farming for 30+ years with 20+ years in a management position, specializing in irrigation equipment and land preparation. He has been part of the Water-Ways Team since 2014.
Marty Whiteley, Sales Manager
Marty is a Bakersfield native. He grew up driving around in his Dad’s pickup truck making sales calls in the oil fields. Marty started his career in the oil industry before joining the Water-Ways Team. He has been with us for 12+ years; starting as a parts delivery driver and worked his way up to Sales Manager.
Rick McCombs, Outside Sales
Rick was born and raised in the Central Valley. He has worked in industrial sales for 20+ years. Rick’s understanding of the importance of water transfer and Agriculture to our community, is one of the many ways he helps our customers.
Christina Rogerson, Accounts Receivable & Office Manager
Christina joined the Water-Ways Team in 2001 as our receptionist. In 2006 she took over Accounts Receivable, and shortly after added the duties of Office Manager to her role.