Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. Addresses the Drought and Water Restrictions

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(Apple Valley)– Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. is reminding the community about the severity of the drought and the need to conserve water in our High Desert community.

California is currently facing one of the worst droughts on record and on April 1st, Governor Brown imposed water restrictions, which ordered water providers to reduce usage statewide by 25%.  Depending on recent residential usage, some areas may have different reduction requirements which may be higher.  Officially, this is the fourth year of the drought and there is a record-low snowpack, but the conditions of the drought have been felt throughout California for far longer than four years.

“Apple Valley Ranchos is here to help our community through this drought,” said Norma Armenta, Water Conservation Coordinator for Ranchos Water.  “We will share information regarding the drought, the restrictions and tips on how to conserve”.

There are plenty of ways for everyone to reduce their water usage, and with everyone doing their part, I know we can make an impact,” said Armenta.  “Using low flow toilets, aerators for your bathroom and kitchen sinks or simply changing from sprinklers to drip irrigation can all help with conserving water.  Taking advantage of the Mojave Water Agency’s Cash for Grass program is another way to save; by eliminating water intense lawns and replacing them with beautiful desert-scapes, you will not only save on water, but you will also qualify for a rebate to help offset the cost of your new yard.”

The State Water Resources Control Board has issued restrictions on the below activities.

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.
 
5. Watering outdoor landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.

6. Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request.

7. Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.

In addition, Ranchos’ Conservation and Rationing Plan currently limits use of water for outside plants, lawn, landscape, and turf areas to no more than every other day.  Ranchos will notify our customers when we are aware of leaks within the customer’s control.

Violation of any of these prohibited water use activities is an infraction punishable by a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occurs. Ranchos has procedures to facilitate the reporting of violations to the appropriate enforcement authorities. Please note that such fines can be assessed only by the appropriate local authority.  Ranchos will not receive any money from the enforcement authority.  Other enforcement action may be taken including discontinuing water service for customers who repeatedly violate these restrictions.

The drought is serious and by pulling together as a community we can reduce our consumption to meet our conservation targets.  If you have questions about the drought, or would like to receive some tips on conservation for your home, feel free to contact Norma Armenta at narmenta@avrwater.com.

For more on the drought, visit http://ca.gov/drought/.

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. and applevalleywaterfacts.com.

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