By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– As part of its ongoing effort to enhance water supply reliability and improve infrastructure, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. has begun drilling a new well in Apple Valley. Once completed, the new source will produce up to 3,000 gallons per minute of groundwater from the Mojave Basin, and will replace two other aging Ranchos wells that have become inefficient to operate.
Located along Apple Valley Road south of Sitting Bull Road, the drilling operation is currently enclosed with 20-foot sound curtains to minimize noise to the surrounding community. The well drilling and development is expected to conclude by early November. Additional work at the site will include construction of a block pump house to contain the well and disinfection equipment, along with an emergency generator housing, piping to connect the well to Ranchos’ water main on Apple Valley Road, and a block wall around the perimeter of the parcel. The entire $2.2 million project will be completed in mid-2016.
“The new well will improve our water supply reliability by providing us with a more efficient and productive source in a key part of our service area,” said Tony Penna, Ranchos General Manager. “Once this well is in service,” he continued, “Ranchos will be able to retire two older facilities that have become inefficient with age and declining groundwater levels. Increased efficiency means lower operating costs, and that is a direct savings to our customers.”
To further enhance its supply reliability, Ranchos is also working on an agreement with the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) to operate one of the Recovery wells included in MWA’s Regional Recharge and Recovery Project. Ranchos’ use of the MWA well is expected to add operational flexibility for Ranchos, while assisting MWA with its regional groundwater management objective.
Questions regarding Ranchos’ new well and its construction schedule can be directed to Carol Thomas-Keefer, Superintendent of Operations at (760) 247-6484.
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.