The message of water conservation is successfully trickling down to users, according to the Mojave Water Agency.


"The cooperation we're getting from consumers to conserve water is appreciated very much and will help achieve a stable water supply, and reduce our dependence on buying water through the State Water Project," said Mike Page, MWA board president.


Page's appreciation comes after his agency receives results from a survey conducted by the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis. According to the survey, the results reveal that High Desert residents have adjusted their water use habits.


"The changes consumers made were broad based," Page added, "but the one change we're most thrilled about is outdoor landscaping because 53 percent indicated they watered their landscape less than previously."


Last year, the MWA along with the Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation started the Water Conservation Program. Along with encouraging awarenss, the program offers incentives including 50 cents per square foot for residents to remove their lawns.


The Mojave Water Agency serves about 4,900 square miles of the High Desert in San Bernardino County including Hesperia.