By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– For the second consecutive month of state-mandated water use reduction, customers of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company exceeded their conservation target, helping the company to achieve a 36.4 percent reduction in overall water production for July 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. For June 2015, Ranchos recorded a water use reduction of 29.5 percent.
July’s high conservation rate demonstrates Apple Valley residents’ commitment to saving water. Tony Penna, Ranchos General Manager, believes July’s unprecedented water use reduction is a combination of drought awareness and extensive conservation efforts. “Our community is serious about water conservation,” said Tony Penna, Ranchos’ General Manager. “Our customers are taking advantage of programs such as ‘Cash for Grass,’ along with our water audits and free water-saving devices, and their efforts are making a huge difference.”
“Cash for Grass,” the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) sponsored program that provides rebates to customers who replace turf with drought-resistant landscaping, has helped Apple Valley residents cut nearly 180 million gallons per year from their outdoor water use since the program began in 2008. Since statewide water use reductions were announced last May, Ranchos Water has processed nearly 500 customer “Cash for Grass” applications for the removal of more than 1.2 million square feet of turf – or an additional 10 million gallons of water saved each year.
“The Mojave Water Agency applauds Apple Valley Ranchos and all our other regional water purveyors who are working with their customers to meet the conservation goals set by the State,” said Nicholas Schneider, MWA Water Conservation Manager.
Water use is reported monthly to the SWRCB, 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. If we can sustain this level of conservation throughout the hot summer months, we should be on track for reaching our target in February.”
For more information about the drought restrictions, the toilet distribution program or other Ranchos conservation programs contact Ranchos Water at (760) 247-6484 or visit us online at www.avrwater.com.
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.