High Desert Residents Enthusiastically Respond to Ranchos/Mojave Water Agency Workshop

IMG_4772By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– In February, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co., in partnership with the Mojave Water Agency, held a workshop on the Weather Based Irrigation Controller (WBIC) Rebate Program. More than 80 residents from the High Desert learned about the rebate program and its offerings.

A WBIC is a “smart” irrigation controller designed to conserve water by synchronizing a resident’s irrigation system with the current weather patterns to conserve water.

“The wide ranging weather conditions here in the desert require us to change the way we look at watering, and these controllers allow us to make daily changes as opposed to seasonal or a few changes per year,” said Nick Schneider, water conservation manager, Mojave Water Agency.

Residents attending the complimentary workshop learned how to use the controller, and after the workshop each household received one free four-station controller that is expandable to 22 stations also included is one free weather station that supports the controller’s operations.

Apple Valley resident Pam Brunelle was among the more than 80 attendees at the workshop held in February at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley. “The workshop was very helpful. I learned a lot. Apple Valley Ranchos gave me easy-to-understand information on how to conserve water in my garden. Everything I’ve been to that Apple Valley Ranchos does is always well organized.”

Apple Valley Ranchos Water’s Conservation Coordinator Norma Armenta said “I was ecstatic to see the tremendous response and community involvement. “It’s gratifying knowing how important conservation is to everyone and seeing residents doing their part.”

“I think it was a great opportunity to become part of the community effort to conserve water as it is becoming more necessary and water is becoming scarcer,” said Hesperia resident Jeff Kinnard. It was very worthwhile.”

If residents of the High Desert were unable to attend the February workshop hosted by Apple Valley Ranchos Water, four other workshops are scheduled for all High Desert residents regardless of where they live.

Call the phone numbers below to make reservations since seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. These complimentary workshops and no-cost WBIC’s are made possible by the Mojave Water Agency.

March 7th, 2015

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Spring Valley Lake

13325 Spring Valley Parkway

Victorville, CA 92395

Contact: Janine Valenzuela-  (760) 962-1515


March 21st, 2015

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Helendale CSD

26716 Vista Road #3

Helendale, CA 92342

Contact: Cheryl Vermette- (760) 951-0006


March 28th, 2015

9 a.m.- 11 a.m.


17282 Mojave Street

Hesperia, CA 92345

Contact: Mike Hernandez- (760) 947-1412


May 9th, 2015

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Oak Hills

833 Caliente Road

Hesperia, CA 92346

Contact: Janine Valenzuela-  (760) 962-1515
About Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company

Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. delivers reliable, quality water service to about 63,000 people, in the Town of Apple Valley and parts of San Bernardino County.  Ranchos Water is a subsidiary of Park Water Co., based in Los Angeles County, which provides contracted and regulated water utility services.  In addition to Ranchos Water, Park Water owns Mountain Water Co. serving Missoula, Montana.  Park Water and its subsidiaries provide safe, reliable drinking water service to approximately 300,000 people.  Additional information about Ranchos Water can be found by visiting www.avrwater.com.

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