By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– For its first month of state-mandated water reduction, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company exceeded its target, reporting a 29.5 percent reduction in its overall water production for June 2015 compared to the same month in 2013.
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently mandated overall water use reductions for all of the state’s large urban water suppliers. Ranchos Water’s customers are required to reduce water use by 28 percent for the period June 2015 through February 2016, as compared to usage during the same period beginning June 2013.
Tony Penna, Ranchos General Manager, attributed June’s overwhelming conservation success to the Apple Valley community. “We’ve been educating our customers about the state’s severe drought conditions and offering assistance with conservation. Our community’s response has been amazing,” said Penna. “We met – and even exceeded – our state-mandated target the first month.”
In addition to offering various water-saving devices and resources, Ranchos Water’s outreach efforts have also included drought workshops for groups such as local homeowners associations to explain new drought restrictions and offer conservation tools. Robert Lee Sturges, president of the Del Webb Community, Sun City Apple Valley Community Association, acknowledged residents’ efforts to reduce water use. “Our community is working hard to do our part to save water,” Sturges noted. “Some residents have replaced their lawns with desert landscaping; others have reduced their watering to the required minimum, or have gone to drip irrigation and hand-watering. It’s a community effort, and we are all contributing.”
In May and June alone, Ranchos Water has processed over 300 customer applications for the Mojave Water Agency sponsored “Cash for Grass” program, representing almost one million square feet of turf which will be replaced with attractive low water use landscaping. “We are fortunate to have access to this grant funding to promote water conservation. These Ranchos Water customers will receive nearly $500,000 in rebates after their landscaping has been converted,” Penna added.
Water use is reported monthly to the SWCB, and progress in meeting the 28 percent reduction mandate is measured both monthly and cumulatively. “We will continue to monitor our progress very closely each month,” said Penna, “and we’ll keep our customers informed of how we’re doing in reaching our goal. The next few months will be the hottest and the most critical in meeting our target, but our community has already demonstrated its commitment to saving water.”
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 www.applevalleywaterfacts.com.