Liberty Utilities Completes First Phase of Yermo Water System Improvements, Seeks Grants to Help Fund Additional Investments


By Staff Reports

(Yermo) – Liberty Utilities Apple Valley (Liberty Apple Valley) recently announced that the first phase of improvements to address deficiencies within the Yermo Water System has been completed, and grant proposals have been submitted to help fund an additional $5.9 million for long-term system investments.

“When Liberty Apple Valley was selected to acquire and operate the Yermo Water System, we were aware that the system was in a state of disrepair, and improvements were needed to address water quality and bring the system into compliance with state regulations,” said Tony Penna, Vice President and General Manager for Liberty Apple Valley. “I’m proud to report that the first phase of those improvements has been completed, and we have received a great deal of positive feedback from customers.”

Since taking ownership of the neglected Yermo Water System—which provides drinking water to 280 properties east of Barstow in unincorporated San Bernardino County—in September 2015, Liberty Utilities has already invested approximately $732,000 to update the distribution system and bring the utility into compliance with state requirements for water quality, testing and monitoring. Those investments include:

  • Improved water quality by installing new chlorination systems
  • Improved testing and monitoring programs to meet federal and state regulations, including the Lead and Copper Rule, bacteriological sampling and all Title 22 requirements
  • Replaced the corroded Hel-Bro hydro tank to improve system storage and reliability
  • Installed two new generators to provide back-up power for service reliability
  • Installed approximately 4,685 feet of new water main and service line to improve reliability throughout the service area, including a project that connected the Hel-Bro system to the Marine system
  • Secured the well and tank sites with fencing and installed a permanent cap on all of the out-of-service wells throughout the system

Long-term investments totaling $5.9 million are planned to continue improving the Yermo Water System in the future. Liberty Apple Valley plans to invest an additional $1 million and has submitted grant proposals to secure $4.9 million from state and federal programs.

“Liberty Apple Valley funded the capital improvements needed to bring the Yermo Water System back to compliance, and we are currently exploring state and federal grant options to help cover the cost of replacing nearly five miles of aging water main throughout the system,” Penna said. “There is still a lot of work to be done, and we remain committed to improving the Yermo Water System so current customers and future generations can count on safe, reliable drinking water being available anytime they turn on their taps.”

For additional information about Liberty Apple Valley, customers are asked to visit or call 760-247-6484.

About Liberty Utilities
Liberty Utilities Co. owns and operates regulated water, wastewater, natural gas and electric transmission and distribution utilities in 13 states, delivering responsive and reliable essential services to approximately 800,000 customers across the United States. With a local approach to management, service and support, we deliver efficient, dependable services to meet the needs of our customers. Liberty Utilities provides a superior customer experience through walk-in customer centers, locally focused conservation and energy efficiency initiatives, and programs for businesses and residential customers. We measure our performance in terms of service reliability, an enjoyable customer experience, and an unwavering dedication to public and workplace safety. Liberty Utilities currently operates in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Texas.  For more information, please visit

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