By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Liberty Utilities Apple Valley (Liberty Utilities) hosted its largest annual event on May 7th at Lions Park, attracting a record crowd of more than 500 people to celebrate Apple Valley’s efforts to conserve water, further promote conservation awareness, and demonstrate opportunities and tips to save water around the home.
In its fifth year, the Liberty Utilities Spring Conservation Fair has grown significantly, featuring local experts, vendors, educational workshops, and family-fun activities. In response to California’s severe drought, the Apple Valley community has heeded the call to reduce water use and is actively working to protect our most precious resource for future generations.
“It’s always a great opportunity to engage with our neighbors and customers, and also to provide education related to conserving and using water responsibly,” said Norma Armenta, Water Conservation Coordinator for Liberty Utilities Apple Valley. “Our customers in Apple Valley have done a great job reducing water use during this drought, and their efforts are appreciated.”
From information about gardening, landscaping, and irrigation, to tips on pool safety and how to read a water meter, guests were able to learn about some of the most efficient ways to save water for indoor and outdoor use.
Among the most popular attractions, an educational display featured 748 one-gallon jugs to help quantify how much water is in one CCF (cubic hundred feet), which is the standard unit used to track usage on water bills. Classes from the Apple Valley Head Start Program helped to collect the jugs and erect the display.
“This display was an eye opener for many to understand how much water they are using at home and also the value they receive with Liberty’s water service,” said Armenta. “Attendees also had the opportunity to vote to select the top three ‘local yard makeover’ projects with drought-tolerant plants. Hopefully, the projects provided some inspiration to the attendees for their own yards.”
As the crowd perused through the various booths and displays, Y102’s High School Sports Zone host Mychal Fabela provided entertainment along with the classic sounds of The Greasewood Brothers. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to enter numerous raffles and received giveaways, including a special Mother’s Day gift for the first 100 mothers who arrived.
“The Spring Conservation Fair is Liberty’s signature event in Apple Valley, and it’s something that our team looks forward to every year,” said Armenta. “It is our hope that the community of Apple Valley applies and benefits from this valuable information so that they look forward to returning next year as well.”