By Nolan P. Smith
(Apple Valley)—On May 7th, Liberty Utilities Apple Valley held its annual Spring Conservation Fair at Lion’s Park in Apple Valley. With informational booths, giveaways, and a kid’s korner among more- there was literally something for people of all ages.
“This is Liberty’s fifth annual Spring Conservation Fair, and this was an opportunity for us to reach out to the community and actually get to meet with them in person,” said Norma Armenta, Water Conservation Coordinator for Liberty Utilities- Apple Valley. “We had educational workshops, co-sponsors that help us out with the event, we had the opportunity to raffle off some gift items for the kids and adults. The nurseries were involved; we also had different vendors that are given the opportunity to share their experience and expertise with drought tolerant plants, irrigation, toilets; all the fun stuff.”
For the fifth annual event, nearly 500 High Desert residents attended. Families from across the High Desert came together for a day of fun and education. With the drought in California still in effect, conserving water on all fronts is something everyone should be practicing. With the Spring Conservation Fair, Liberty Utilities provided the public with various methods of how to conserve- from low flow toilets to landscape ideas that are ideal for the desert climate, and much more.
The fair also featured special guest Mychal Fabela, host of Y102’s High School Sports Zone and live entertainment from The Greasewood Brother. The Fair was co-sponsored by Burrtec, Desert Feed, Fireman Rock & Nursery, High Desert Underground, Inland Water Works Supply Company, Mark and Nellie’s Nursery, Merrell Johnson Companies, and Mojave Water Agency.
“It was really good,” said Paulina Gallardo of Apple Valley regarding the Spring Conservation Fair. “You learn about things you didn’t know on how to save more water and, by doing so, help the community.”
Why is an event like the Spring Conservation Fair important for the community?
“We are in a drought, and we do have to follow some mandates that were given to us by Governor Brown,” said Armenta. “So we had the educational workshops here so that we could explain to the public what steps to take. It’s not always just panicking, thinking we can’t use our water anymore. We can still use our water as long as we use it wisely.”
For additional information about conservation tips, rebates, and programs, feel free to visit http://www.libertyutilities.com/ and click the “conservation” tab, or contact Liberty Utilities Apple Valley at 760.240.8329.