By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– For the second consecutive month since June 1, Apple Valley Ranchos missed its conservation target of 28 percent – this time by 50 percent.
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’ customers are required to reduce water use by 28 percent for the period June 2015 through February 2016, compared to usage during the same months in 2013. In terms of gallons, as of November 30, Ranchos customers have already conserved nearly 730 million gallons of the 834 million gallon targeted reduction through February 2016.
“In October, Apple Valley Ranchos fell just below our conservation target, achieving 27.3 percent of the 28 percent target, but now, as colder weather set in during November, our water conservation dropped to only 14 percent less than two years ago,” said Tony Penna, general manager at Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company. “If this continues in December, Ranchos could fall short of our state mandate.”
Cumulatively, Ranchos’ percentage reduction of water use since June 1 is at 28.5 percent and within the company’s state-mandated water use reduction target of 28 percent. However, water savings closer to the target will be needed over the next several months to assure meeting the state order.
On November 1, Ranchos acknowledged the community’s outstanding response to conservation throughout the summer and rolled back its Water Shortage Contingency Plan from Stage 2 to Stage 1. Stage 1 does not include a monthly water allocation and associated drought surcharge. November also marked the start of colder weather that is presenting a challenge in achieving the required level of conservation, since outdoor water use –which provides the greatest opportunity for reduction – is already minimized.
“The bottom line is that even though Apple Valley is entering cooler months, we are all still in an epic drought and we need to find additional ways to conserve water,” Penna said. “Apple Valley residents have now missed our 28 percent target for two consecutive months. We need to achieve greater winter water use reductions if we are to meet our state mandate,” he continued, “and the single most effective way for customers to reduce water use this winter is to turn off their sprinklers and irrigation systems.”
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 monitor our conservation progress very closely each month,” Penna said. “We will continue to keep our customers informed to ensure we achieve our water conservation targets through 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.