Trial to determine future of High Desert water system

By on March 8, 2019
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A trial regarding Apple Valley’s attempts to acquire a regional water system by eminent domain is scheduled to begin Sept. 30.

San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Donald R. Alvarez set the date earlier this month, according to a statement on the city’s website.

Apple Valley is attempting to take over the Apple Valley Ranchos Water System, claiming it is in the public’s best interest for it to do so. Liberty Utilities, owner of that water system, is challenging that claim.

The trial is expected to last two weeks. If the court rules in favor of Apple Valley, a second trial will be held to determine how much the town will pay for the water system, according to the statement.