By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) – Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company today announced that Apple Valley homeowners and businesses have reduced water use by almost 10 percent this summer.
“We understand ongoing water conversation efforts and the recently imposed water restrictions have impacted the lives of our customers,” said Tony Penna, vice president and general manager, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. “As a resident of Apple Valley, I am proud of the way our community has responded to these historic, record-breaking drought conditions we have experienced over the last three years.”
Apple Valley has done its part since this summer saving the equivalent of enough water to fill more than 140 Olympic-sized pools.
Water is a finite resource. Even though about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use.
As a result of the drought the state implemented new outdoor water restrictions in addition to what we are already doing. These new watering restrictions include:
1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a way that causes “runoff” onto the adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
2. Washing a vehicle, with a hose without a shut-off nozzle or device that will immediately stop the flow of water when not in use.
3. Using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks.
4. Using drinking water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is recirculated.
“So far Apple Valley has complied with these new water restrictions and we have not received any notifications that have resulted in further enforcement action,” Penna said.
The EPA estimates up to ten percent of American homes have water leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more. Water lost by these leaky residences could be reduced if new, efficient fixtures were installed. That’s why Apple Valley Ranchos wants to encourage its customers to fix broken or defective plumbing, sprinklers, watering or irrigation systems.
Apple Valley Ranchos provides water-saving programs like: Ultra High-Efficiency Toilet Program; Conservation Irrigation Nozzle Program; Cash for Grass (Replace your grass with desert smart plants). Just call our water conservation representative Norma Armenta at (760) 240-8329 or email her at email@example.com.
Apple Valley Ranchos also offers no-cost water conservation tools including Indoor conservation kits, shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and toilet flappers. Keep running only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine; continue to take five-minute or shorter showers, install low-flow showerheads, and high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers.
About Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company
Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company delivers safe, reliable water and exceptional service to approximately 20,000 home and businesses, serving more than 63,000 people in the town of Apple Valley and parts of San Bernardino County communities. Visit www.avrwater.com for more information.