By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– For the third straight month since state-mandated water use reductions began, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company surpassed its conservation target, reducing its overall water production in August by 31 percent 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 months in 2013. For July 2015, Ranchos recorded a water use reduction of 36.4 percent.
“Despite warm summer weather, Apple Valley residents continue to reduce their water use,” said Tony Penna, Ranchos General Manager. “Each month since June, our community has gone beyond our state-mandated goal. Outdoor watering is often the single greatest water use in a home, especially during the summer,” Penna continued, “and many of our customers have opted to trade in their thirsty lawns for attractive desert-friendly landscaping through the ‘Cash for Grass’ program. ”
“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 more than 190 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 customers have applied to remove more than 1.4 million square feet of turf – or an additional 18 million gallons of water saved each year.
“These conservation achievements are impressive, but not surprising,” said Kirby Brill, MWA General Manager. “Our residents and businesses recognize the challenges of living in a desert and are continuing to embrace conservation as a way of life to ensure water for the future.”
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. Our savings will be higher during the summer when water use is traditionally higher, so we will need to find new ways to save water during the cooler months in order to meet our target next February,” Penna concluded.
For more information on Ranchos Water, contact Ranchos Water at (760) 247-6484 or 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.