Working Together Will Save School Thousands in Water Costs

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley) — Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company (AVRWC) and Mojave Water Agency (MWA) have completed the installation of water‐saving retrofits that will save a local high‐school thousands of dollars in water costs in a time of financial strain, while

promoting water conservation in hopes it will spread to other schools in the Victor Valley. “This was an easy decision,” said Scott Weldy, AVRWC’s General Manager. “We are a good neighbor. We saw an opportunity to implement a meaningful water conservation program while reducing the school’s expenses for water during times of budget cuts”. AVRWC installed more than 30 waterless urinals and retrofitted Granite Hills High School’s irrigation system with High‐Efficiency irrigation nozzles and controllers. Granite Hills High School has removed 7,646 sq ft. of decorative turf and replaced it with more water‐efficient landscaping through the Cash for Grass Incentive program sponsored through MWA. VRWC’s $20,000 investment is expected to save more than 1.2 million gallons of water per  year for Granite Hills High School and the Apple Valley Unified School District (AVUSD).

“The Granite Hills project improves the aesthetics of the school by replacing the decorative grass with xeriscaping, providing a savings in our water consumption, and thereby reducing our water bill”, said Thomas Hoegerman, Superintendant of AVUSD. “The waterless urinals are working well. Odors in the restroom are actually much less than with the water based urinals. We will be monitoring our water usage to see how much water we are saving and report back to AV Ranchos once we have collected sufficient data”.

AVRWC, which includes promoting and effecting water conservation as part of its business model, is hoping to partner with other schools in Apple Valley to provide similar financial while protecting the region’s most precious resource.

Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company is a California Public Utilities Commission regulated water utility, serving water customers primarily within the Town of Apple Valley and parts of San Bernardino County, California. Visit us at our website www.avrwater.com.

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