Leading By Example: The Ventura City Fire Department

In this segment of Sustainable Ventura News, the Ventura City Fire Department talks about their sustainable operating practices.

Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online (SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura News) also WATCH on the NEWS and LIFESTYLE pages and in the VC STYLE COLUMN.

Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

Visit: http://VenturaWater.org, http://CityofVentura.net/water/landscape and http://SustainableVentura.TV

 

FREE “Water: Take 1″ Reception Tonight at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 6:00pm

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FREE RECEPTION TONIGHT!

November 20, 2014

6:00-8:00 pm

at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

450 E Harbor Boulevard

Join us for a sneak peek party for entries in Water Take 1,

Ventura’s online short film contest about all things water!

The Reception is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with RSVP

CLICK HERE

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.

This release can be found on the City of Ventura’s website at www.cityofventura.net. ###