By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– As part of its ongoing effort to enhance water supply reliability and improve infrastructure, Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company has completed the drilling phase of a new well in Apple Valley. Once in service, the new source will produce up to 3,500 gallons per minute of groundwater from the Mojave Basin, and will replace up to four other aging Ranchos wells that have become inefficient to operate.
“The new well will improve our water supply reliability by providing Ranchos with a more efficient and productive source in a high-growth area,” said Carol Thomas-Keefer, Ranchos’ Operations Superintendent. “Once it’s complete, this well will allow us to retire up to four older wells that have become inefficient with age and declining water levels,” she continued. “Increased efficiency equals lower operating costs, and that is a direct savings to our customers.”
Drilling and test pumping are now concluded at the Apple Valley Road site, and the sound curtains have been removed. The next step is to design the pumping equipment, along with the structures that will house the well and associated equipment. The building and equipment design and installation will occur in 2016. Total project cost is estimated at $2.2 million.
Questions regarding Ranchos’ new well and its construction schedule can be directed to Carol Thomas-Keefer at (760) 247-6484.