You’re Invited: WATER CONSERVATION SUMMIT, Saturday, October 25, 10am – 2pm

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You are cordially invited to attend the

FREE Water Conservation Summit

Saturday, October 25 

10am-2pm at Ventura City Hall.

Get the facts and helpful information, panels and demonstrations: http://bit.ly/ZDb4Xv

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history.  Although all Californians have been asked to reduce water consumption by 20%, more must be done.

Please join California State Assemblymember Das Williams, the City of Ventura, Ventura Water and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce for a Water Conservation Summit focused on how we can work together to save our water.

FREE Water Surveys Offered to Residential Customers

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Ventura Water is helping residential customers find ways to save water by offering free on-site water surveys. The Residential Water Survey program is a free service to help single-family customers save water inside and outside the home. The survey, generally about one hour long and conducted by a Water Conservation Specialist, includes:

  • A review of your water bill
  • Instructions on how to read your water meter
  • An indoor survey of toilets, showers and faucets for leaks
  • An outdoor survey of grass type and identifying irrigation system leaks
  • Free water-saving devices like low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators
  • Water-saving advice based on your home results

Customers will receive a summary checklist at the end of the survey. To schedule a survey, contact Customer Care at (805) 667-6500 or myvtawater@cityofventura.net.

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, October 2014 Issue

Free Water Wise Class: Composting & Urban Soils Workshop, October 18

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FREE WATER WISE CLASS:  Composting & Urban Soils Workshop
Saturday October 18 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am
at
Cornucopia Community Garden in Ventura
Find out how to create a healthy backyard mulch and compost and worm casting from your food and yard waste. Healthy soils conserve water, reduce need for pesticides, and help with retaining stormwater.

RSVP for the FREE WATER WISE CLASSComposting & Urban Soils Workshop, Saturday, October 18. RSVP via Eventbrite, CLICK HERE.

New Customer Assistance Program

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As part of its review of Ventura Water’s four-year budgets and customer rate plan, the 2013-14 Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee recognized that rate increases may be a financial burden for low- and fixed-income customers. On April 28, 2014, the City Council approved a new customer assistance program which will begin offering a 50 percent discount on the water service charge for customers meeting CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) requirements starting January 2015. Ventura Water will begin accepting applications for the new program on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on October 15, 2014 for approximately 600 single-family households. Visit cityofventura.net/water/cap for eligibility requirements and application information or contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500. (Para informacion en espanol llame (805) 667-6500 o visite cityofventura.net/water/cap.)

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, October 2014

Ventura City Council Declares Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency

WaterShortageLast week, the City Council declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency as our local water supplies continue to drop during the third year of California’s historic drought.

To achieve a 20 percent water-use reduction goal as mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board, Ventura Water customers are now required to limit outdoor watering through a sprinkler irrigation system to two days a week (Sunday through the following Saturday.)  In addition, residents may not water between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as water evaporates more quickly during the warmer part of the day.

Other prohibitions remain in place:

  • Sprinklers or irrigation water that sprays or runs onto sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Leaking irrigation systems or broken sprinklers that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery
  • Using a hose to wash a driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface
  • Washing a car without a shutoff nozzle on the hose
  • Serving water at a restaurant without being requested by the customer

“Our community has historically been very responsive during drought cycles and we are confident that Ventura residents will continue to work together successfully to save water during this emergency,” said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann.

The newest restrictions follow the recommendations of the city’s Water Shortage Task Force, which has been conducting public meetings since August to consider conservation options and help Ventura meet state water-use reduction requirements. The City Council also confirmed the Task Force’s preference to retain the current penalty structure for noncompliance of the water prohibitions as well as violations of the new outdoor watering limits.   An educational notice and letter will be presented to customers for the first offense, to ensure understanding of the requirements and prohibitions.   A violation letter will be issued for the second offense with a $25 fine on the water bill for the third offense.  The fourth offense will result in a $50 fine for most customers.  In all cases, fines are capped at $500.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/shortage.

Water Efficient Practices Encouraged in the city of Ventura

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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2014
Contact: Nancy Broschart, 805-223-4378
Lysa Urban, 805-677-3914

Water Efficient Practices Encouraged in the city of Ventura

The warm, dry summer in Ventura has resulted in dwindling local water supplies and Ventura Water is encouraging customers to increase efforts to stop water waste and use water wisely in all ways. In response to State regulations adopted this summer requiring water providers to enforce water waste restrictions, Ventura Water is launching an educational phase to help customers learn how to avoid wasteful water activities. As specified in the City’s existing municipal code, the following are prohibited:

  • Sprinklers that spray pavement, such as sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Irrigation water that runs onto pavement, such as sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Leaking irrigation systems or broken sprinklers that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery
  • Using a hose to wash a driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface
  • Washing a car without a shutoff nozzle on the hose
  • Serving water at a restaurant without being requested by the customer

“Ventura, as a steward of our local water sources, has always responded to the call to save water during drought cycles,” said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann. “Even during unusually warm weather, Ventura was able to reduce water use by about 10% in August compared to last year, but we need to continue to work together to reach greater water savings to help stretch our local water supplies.”

Residents are asked to be diligent about watching for and repairing leaks to curb water waste. Please talk directly to neighbors or business owners if leaks are identified so repairs can be made quickly. Many people are especially unaware of irrigation problems as systems generally run early in the morning. Alternatively, leaks or water waste activities can be reported online at www.cityofventura.net/water/reportwaterwaste or by contacting Ventura Water Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500.

To help residential customers find ways to save water, both indoor and outdoors, Ventura Water is now offering free hour-long water surveys. During your appointment, a Water Conservation Specialist will review your water bill with you, teach you how to read a water meter, determine if there is any indoor or outdoor water waste, and share water saving techniques. To schedule a water survey, please contact Ventura Water Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500.

Ventura Water customers are also invited to sign-up for our popular Water Wise classes to learn more about how to use water efficiently outdoors. To register for any of the following classes, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape.

Rainwater Harvesting & Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater – Saturday, September 20 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Install a rain barrel, redirect your downspout into your new rain garden, install a laundry-to-landscape system and maintain them all properly.

Composting and Urban Soils – Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: Cornucopia Gardens (Telephone Road & Ramelli Avenue)
Create healthy backyard mulch, use compost and worm castings from your food and yard waste to conserve water, reduce pesticides and revive urban soil.

Turf Replacement with Water Wise Plants – Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Remove turf naturally, replace it with native or climate-appropriate plants, convert pop-up spray irrigation to drip irrigation, and re-wild your garden habitats to bring back birds, bees and butterflies.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/shortage.

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One Stop Gardening: VenturaCountyGardening.com

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News of California’s drought is everywhere. It’s a growing crisis that has us all rethinking how we use water. Since 40-60% of water is used outdoors, replacing your grass with a beautiful, native garden makes good sense. But, where do we begin? Have no fear, venturacountygardening.com is here!

This easy-to-navigate, interactive website is specifically designed to assist residents of Ventura County with helpful information covering what to plant, when and where to plant, as well as how to best irrigate, care and maintain landscaped areas. The site offers beautiful garden tours and impressive landscape galleries to help users plan and select from a variety of trees, shrubs, plants, and ground cover which they can then “Add” to their own personal (“My List”) online garden list.

Below is an overview of what is found in each section at VenturaCountyGardening.com.

Garden Tours

When users click on the “Garden Tour” tab located just underneath the navigation bar, a variety of beautiful gardens — from Ocean Friendly Gardens, to Ventura County Mediterranean Gardens, Coastal Japanese Gardens and other varieties — appear.

Click on a garden tour of your choice, and as you move your curser over the landscape’s boxed areas, the name of the plant or tree type will appear along with other vital information regarding the growth pattern, height and water requirements. Click on an individual box, and a larger image of the individual plant or tree will appear with additional gardening information.

At the top-right area of the page, you’ll also notice the words “Anatomy,” “Culture” and “Design.” Click on Anatomy, and you’ll find information on the plant type and plant flowering. Click on Culture and you’ll ascertain the growth patterns and the soil and sun exposure that is best. Click on Design and you’ll discover information on plant uses, the best locations to plant, and more.

When you click on the box “Add,” you will add this plant to “My List,” your personal list. You can add or remove plants at any time from your list.

To navigate back to the website’s home page, click on the “Main Menu” tab from any page on the site.

Garden Gallery

An impressive array of front yards, backyards, hillsides, walkways, entries, and patios can be found under the “Garden Gallery” tab.

In the same fashion as in the Garden Tours, click on a particular gallery, and you’ll be presented with a selection of tours. When you hover your curser over the white-boxed areas, information regarding individual plants— such as their name, growth pattern, water usage and sun exposure— will be available. Click on the image itself, and you’ll be able to access the Anatomy, Culture and Design buttons. You’ll also be able to add any of these plants to “My List.”

Plants

Under the “Plants” tab, galleries of gorgeous low maintenance trees, low maintenance shrubs, vines, ground covers, low water perennials, and ornamental grasses and clumping plants are visible.

Click on a particular gallery, and you’ll be given an A-Z selection of plant varieties in the category you have chosen. Click on any individual image, and you’ll be presented with access to the Anatomy, Culture and Design buttons for each plant. You’ll also be able to add any of these plants to “My List.”

Resources

The “Resources” tab offers helpful information on how to design and install a water wise garden as well as efficient irrigation methods and suggestions on how to easily and effectively maintain your landscape.

Under the Table of Contents section, click on “Introduction,” “Garden Tours” or any words in blue, and you’ll be taken to information on that particular section.

If you happen to get lost in the site, or you would just like to return to the site’s home page, just click on the “Home” tab on the top left hand corner of the page.

Watering Guide

Under the “Watering Guide” tab, information about watering, watering device types, common irrigation challenges, sample irrigation schedules, and general tips can be found.

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Water Events This Weekend! Join Us!

Join Ventura Water for some great events this weekend!

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23rd Annual “Fall Show” Ventura Home & Garden Show, September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 – Visit the Ventura Water booth!

at Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds

Friday Noon to 6pm

Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday 10:00 am  to 5:00 pm

For more information, visit: http://www.capitalshowcase.com/ventura.html

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FREE Water Wise Class  – “Rainwater Harvesting & Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater,” Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:30am to 11:00 pm

at the City of Sanjon Maintenance Yard

RESERVE YOUR SEAT, HERE.

Also visit:  CityofVentura.net/water/landscape

 

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE “Water: Take 1 Film”

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Films (less than five minutes) with a water theme are being accepted now at watertake1.com for the third year of the global contest.  The final date to submit a film is November 1

Film watchers are also needed to cast their vote for their favorite film.   All films can be watched and shared online at watertake1.com until voting closes on December 1.  Since there’s only one vote per computer, viewers are encouraged to share their favorite on social media to create a buzz and start a conversation about water stewardship.  To stay updated, fans are invited to “Like” Water: Take 1’s Facebook page, and “Follow” us on Twitter.   Sign-up for our email list at cityofventura.net/watertake1 to be the first to get the inside scoop on the WT1 Sneak Peek Party on November 20.

In early December, the ten finalist films will be named and one will be awarded the Grand Prize of $1,500 in March 2015.  In addition, a film shot in and around the City of Ventura will receive the Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, and will win a spotlight profile broadcasted on local television.  Other awards and prizes include the Audience Choice (iPad) and the Best Student Short Film, sponsored by Carollo Engineers and Hopkins Groundwater Consultants (Go Pro Camera).

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, September 2014

Announcing Ventura Water’s Extreme Water Saver Challenge

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When Ventura Water challenged local residents to drive dirty cars this summer and show their support for conserving water, residents heeded our call, reveling in their filthy cars and showing support for reduced water use.

As the severe drought continues, we have a new challenge for Ventura! California and Ventura continue to be in an extreme drought, and as we move into autumn, our local water supply situation is likely to worsen.   An extreme drought calls for extreme measures. So Ventura … how far would you go to save our H2O? What extreme measures would you take? We want to know!

Ventura Water is inviting our customers and all of Ventura to participate in the Extreme Water Saver Challenge. Ventura Water will award prizes to the most creative and efficient water savers who post videos, messages or helpful tips on the Ventura Water Facebook page.

Let’s get extreme! Keep driving those dirty cars, but let’s take our commitment to conserving water an extreme step further.  Here are some ideas:

  • Re-think your landscape. Do you really need all that water-guzzling grass? Consider ripping out your entire lawn and planting a beautiful garden with California native plants. Get creative. Get extreme!
  • Re-think your laundry. How many times can you wear an article of clothing without washing it? Is your washing machine a water-efficient model?
  • Re-think how you waste water without even realizing it. Is every drop of water in your shower being used to clean your body or wash your hair? Can you keep a few buckets in your shower to catch extra water, then find ways to use that collected water at home? If so, share those ways with us!
  • Re-think the toilet. How about replacing all your old toilets with low-flushing models? To really go extreme, don’t flush every time. (A good motto: if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down).
  • Re-think everything!

We hope everyone will join our Extreme Water Saver Challenge. Let the ideas start rolling in!

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, September 2014