October Conservation Near Target Despite Warm Temperature; Cumulative Conservation Still Exceeds Mandate

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By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley) — Despite record warm October temperatures throughout Southern California, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company achieved water conservation near its state mandate. Apple Valley residents reduced water use by 27.3 percent in October as compared to water use during October 2013, falling less than one percent short of the Company’s target.

Earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) 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. Despite October’s reduction falling just shy of the target, cumulatively Ranchos Water remains ahead of its goal, with an overall 31 percent reduction for the period June through October 2015. In terms of gallons, Ranchos customers have already conserved more than 695 million gallons of the 834 million gallon target, or 83 percent of the required reduction through February.

In recognition of the community’s outstanding response to conservation throughout the summer, Ranchos rolled back its Water Shortage Contingency Plan from Stage 2 to Stage 1 on November 1. Stage 1 does not include a monthly water allocation and associated drought surcharge. Nevertheless, Apple Valley residents will need to maintain their water-saving practices over the next four months to achieve the State’s order.

“We were able to obtain our largest water savings during the summer months, as residents cut back on outdoor water uses such as watering lawns,” said Tony Penna, Ranchos’ General Manager. “During the cooler months, when we traditionally use less water outdoors, we need to be especially water-wise in order to continue to reach our goal,” he noted. “We’re recommending that customers turn off their sprinklers for the next few months, and call us to see what additional resources we may have to help them save water.”

Ranchos offers a variety of no-cost, water-saving tools and resources, from faucet aerators, hose nozzles and shower heads to high-efficiency toilets, water audits, and rebates for turf removal through the Mojave Water Agency’s “Cash for Grass” program.

Ranchos also offers information on alternative grasses and ground cover, as well as new water-efficient technology for maintaining landscape. Customers can contact Ranchos’ conservation team at (760) 247-6484 for additional information.

Water use is reported monthly to the SWRCB, and progress in meeting the 28 percent reduction mandate is measured both monthly and cumulatively. “We are monitoring our conservation progress very closely each month,” Penna explained, “and we’ll continue to keep our customers informed of how we’re doing in reaching our goal. If we can maintain our current level of conservation through winter, we can achieve our goal.”

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 serving several communities in Los Angeles County. 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 or www.AppleValleyWaterFacts.com.

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