By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) — For the fourth consecutive month, customers of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company have conserved water beyond the company’s state mandate. Apple Valley residents reduced water use by 33 percent in September as compared to water use during September 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. Cumulatively, Ranchos Water has reduced water use by 32 percent for the period June through September 2015. In terms of gallons, Ranchos customers have already conserved 605 million gallons of the 834 million gallon target, or 72.5 percent of the required reduction through February.
To achieve this level of conservation, many residents have taken advantage of the various tools, programs and resources that Ranchos offers to reduce water use. Antonio Silva of Apple Valley has cut his water bill in half by making use of a number of Ranchos’ conservation programs, including turf removal through the “Cash for Grass” program, high efficiency toilet giveaways, and installation of devices such as faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads.
“Just by removing the grass, we reduced our water use by at least 60 percent,” said Silva, who owns a home as well as two apartment buildings in Apple Valley. “We also installed all the indoor fixtures, and that saved even more water,” continued Silva. “I would definitely encourage others to take advantage of these programs,” he added. Silva removed a total of nearly 9,000 square feet of turf 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 approximately 200 million gallons per year from their outdoor water use since the program began in 2008. Ranchos customers interested in learning more about exchanging their thirsty lawns for attractive, desert-friendly landscaping should call Ranchos’ Conservation team at 760-247-6484.
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 Tony Penna, Ranchos’ General Manager, “and we’ll keep our customers informed of how we’re doing in reaching our goal. For the cooler months, when we traditionally use less water outdoors, we will help our customers find new ways to cut back so we can continue to meet our state-mandated target by next February.”
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.