Town Of Apple Valley Water-Wise Practices Lead By Example

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)–The Town of Apple Valley is showing that water conservation practices aren’t only for residential consumers. Exchanging grass for cash, replacing sprinkler controllers and using waterless urinals are just a few of the water-saving measures the Town of Apple Valley has put into practice in recent weeks.

“Conserving water is a community-wide effort and the Town wants to lead by example,” said Dennis Cron, Assistant Town Manager of Municipal Operations and Contract Services. “We can’t expect our residents to take action if they don’t see their local government participating in the same practices.”

This spring, the Town removed 3,843 square feet of grass at the golf course and replaced it with desert landscaping. In addition to receiving a $1,921 grant from Mojave Water Agency for the turf removal it will also save more than 100,000 gallons of water per year according to Parks and Recreation Manager Ralph Wright.

Additionally, the Town has saved 17 million gallons of water over last year’s volumes by adjusting the irrigation schedule on the golf course to provide less water for the outlying areas of rough and deep rough. While reducing the overall amount of water used, this has allowed increased irrigation of the fairways, tee boxes and putting greens to provide optimum playing conditions.

“We’re using less water and focusing it on the playable areas,” said Cron. “The Town has received nothing but compliments since making this change.”

Likewise, the Town expects to reduce its water usage at Lenny Brewster Sports Center, with help from the Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. Water company staff recently evaluated the park’s system and recommended a controller that would be able to detect wind velocity and levels of water in the turf to more efficiently deliver water to the park.

Apple Valley Ranchos Water also funded the installation of four urinals at Town Hall and partially reimbursed  the cost of two urinals at the Aquatic Center with units that don’t use water. Instead of water, the units use a gel-based sanitizer cartridge that reduces or eliminates odor. Plans to replace five additional urinals at the golf course are in the works as well.

For more information about how you can conserve water or other Green Apple Valley programs, click on “Water Conservation” on the left-hand side of the page or call Joseph Moon at (760) 240-7000 x7521.

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