Originally incorporated in 1947 as Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company, Liberty Utilities Apple Valley (Liberty Apple Valley) is a regulated utility providing quality drinking water to more than 65,000 people within 50 square miles of the Mojave River Basin. With close to 20,000 service connections, over 450 miles of main, 24 wells, 16 emergency generators, 11 storage tanks, 4 booster pump stations and 15 pressure zones, Liberty Apple Valley continues to ensure reliable delivery of high-quality water for all our customers and supports the economic prosperity in our region.
Liberty Apple Valley is a member agency of the Mojave Water Agency (MWA), which purchases imported water from the San Joaquin Sacramento Delta through the State Water Project to replenish the pumped groundwater.
Water quality standards are set and regulated by the California State Department of Public Health (DPH), the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the CPUC. The DPH has primary jurisdiction. As a regulated utility, Liberty Apple Valley must meet the same high quality standards as municipalities or county water districts.
Liberty Apple Valley has a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan that is rehearsed on a regular basis, helpful customer conservation programs and ongoing partnerships with local organizations.
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As a privately held, investor-owned public utility company engaged in the collection, storage, distribution, and sale of water to customers, Liberty Apple Valley’s operations are regulated by the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In addition, Liberty Utilities holds valid permits to serve water from the State of California Board of Health.
Liberty Apple Valley’s service area covers approximately 50-square-miles within Apple Valley and Victorville. The area is primarily a residential community that continues to experience commercial and industrial growth. The average annual water demand is approximately 6 billion gallons.Liberty Utilities-ServiceArea
Liberty Apple Valley obtains its water supply from the underground aquifers of the Mojave River Basin. We pump 100 percent of our source water from 24 deep wells located throughout our community. These wells draw water from the deep Alto subunit of the basin. This high-quality aquifer is recharged from snowmelt from the San Bernardino Mountains to the south and the Mojave River to the west.
As a member agency of Mojave Water Agency, we purchase imported water from the State Water Project to replenish the pumped groundwater. The Mojave Water Agency (MWA) imports water from the California State Water project to spread in the Mojave River for recharge. In 2003, MWA reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to store an additional 75,000 acre feet (1 acre foot = approx. 326,000 gallons) of water in the Mojave Basin in exchange for MWD to have the right to take an equal amount of water from the State Water Project in the future should there be a significant drought that would reduce imported water to the MWD. This exchange provides a significant benefit to the High Desert community by providing a source of recharge water for the groundwater basin..Some of the water we pump has been age-dated close to 10,000 years old by the United States Geologic Survey. That means it has been protected and naturally filtered for a very long time.
The California Water Management Planning Act of 1983 (Act), as amended, requires urban water suppliers to develop an Urban Water Management Plan every five years, in the years ending in zero and five, to ensure a reliable water source is sufficient to meet the needs of customers during normal and dry years.
Liberty Utilities’s 2015 UWMP: The final Urban Water Management Plan was adopted June 15, 2016 in compliance with the act.
This UWMP serves as a general, flexible, and open-ended document that is periodically updated to reflect changes in the water supply trends and water use efficiency policies. This Plan, along with other planning documents, will be used by Liberty Apple Valley’s staff to guide water use and management efforts through the year 2015, when the UWMP is required to be updated.