By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) — Retirement doesn’t have to be inactive and for the Sun City ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out), it certainly isn’t. Recently they paid a visit to Apple Valley Ranchos Water to learn about water infrastructure. They received a system overview presentation and a tour of several facilities and ended with a question and answer session over lunch.
The ROMEOs are a group that gives retired gentlemen a way to visit and socialize within the community. The ROMEOs are similar to the Red Hat Society, but instead of middle-aged women, the club is composed of retired men. The group is based out of the Sun City living community located in Apple Valley.
The group that visited Ranchos Water, composed of about and 20 men from Sun City, accompanied Ranchos Water staff to tour a well site and booster pump station, as well as the Ranchos Water yard and office headquarters. By visiting the sites, the ROMEOs were able to gain a better appreciation for the requisite infrastructure that comes with a water utility. The group was also exposed to the water system’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA). SCADA technology allows for remote monitoring and control of equipment. Ranchos has been able to reduce the miles of driving by their operators by deploying this equipment.
Much of water utility infrastructure is underground or behind walls, so most people only see the large water tanks, but as this tour group can attest, there is much more than meets the eye.
Armando Berriz, Sun City Landscape Committee was quick to say, “It was interesting and I highly recommend you call Ranchos and request a tour for your organization. The people who took us on the tour were friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time.”
For more information on Ranchos Water, including various conservation programs to assist with the drought, call (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.