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Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company Ending Drought Surcharge

APPLE VALLEY-( Apple Valley residents were relieved to hear that Apple Valley Ranchos Water has decided to do away with the drought surcharge in a Tuesday evening town hall meeting. Officials announced that the surcharges will end beginning November 1st.

Ranchos Water Company officials said that homeowners are encouraged to continue conservation efforts as California is still very much in a drought. El Nino conditions during the winter and early spring is expected to relieve only some of the water deficits over the past several years. They added, that in order to keep the surcharges from returning, customers must continue to conserve.

With the surcharge also goes the bi-monthly allotment of 32 units for most households. The Town of Apple Valley official are relieved that citizens may find some relief by this removed surcharge, but feel that the CPUC approved 28.7 percent rate increase may offset or even possibly exceed the savings for up to a quarter of Ranchos Water customers. This increase can come as early as late November.

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