New Ventura Water Wise Incentive Program Continues; Sign Up Now!

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Ventura Residents May ALSO Qualify for Rebates from the State of California for Turf or Toilet Replacement

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched their new rebate Incentive Program on July 1, and applications have flooded in!

By the end of July, 52 percent of program funds were reserved for current applicants, leaving 48 percent of funds still available. In July, 327 Ventura residents applied for conservation rebates and submitted required documentation (most people applied online). Of the 327, 257 applicants were inspected, approved and served a Notice to Proceed with their projects. More applications are pending.

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this new program while funding is still available. Apply now so you can plant your new water-wise garden before winter.

Ventura Water’s incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

It’s easy to apply. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions.
    • Apply online at www.removeyourturf.com, or
    • You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Make sure to submit an application for turf replacement and irrigation devices separately.
  • Send documents one of the following ways (if not online):

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These financial incentives may be available to Ventura residents who also use Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Program! Please read the FAQs at the link below to learn how the state turf rebate program works with other agency rebate programs, including Ventura’s.

  • The state’s turf replacement program has a $24 million budget expected to support converting over 10 million square feet of turf, achieving approximately 20 percent of the statewide goal of replacing 50 million square feet of turf. Up to $2 per square foot of removed-and-replaced turf will be rebated up to a total of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household.
  • The state’s toilet rebate program has a $6 million budget expected to support replacing 60,000 toilets statewide. Up to $100 will be rebated for the purchase and installation of one qualified, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet using more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

Check the website for qualifying products, terms and conditions by clicking here. Or: call 844-642-7410, or email turf@saveourwaterrebates.com or toilet@saveourwaterrebates.com.

Read the State’s turf replacement program FAQs here.

Ventura Water customers who apply for the Water Wise Incentive Program using the www.removeyourturf.com website or mail-in application will be sent a verified dollar-per-square-foot amount upon project completion, which then can be used for an application with the state’s program.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, August 2015

The Fourth Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Launches September 14

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On September 14, 2015, Ventura Water launches the fourth annual Water: Take 1 online short film contest. WT1 was created to challenge how we look at water, how we use water, and how we share water. Now more than ever, as we are in a historic drought and pursuing sustainable water resources, this contest allows the international community to share meaningful visual images that magnify the importance of water.

Each year we have had international participation as well as local submissions. Through entertainment, creativity and partnerships, Water: Take 1 is looking to collaborate with other cities that would like to join this global initiative that communicates the value of water in our customers’ words and images.

Submissions must address the topic of water in less than five minutes and may be in any genre: documentary, drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental.

Join the blue revolution!

Shana Epstein
Ventura Water General Manager

Please visit the Water: Take 1 website – www.watertake1.com – to watch the winning film and finalists from the last year’s contest.

From the August 2015 Ventura Water Pipeline

The New FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Schedule

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REGISTER TODAY for the NEW Water Wise Gardening Classes!  All classes are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Reserve your seat today!

August 29 – How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days
September 12 – Right Plant – Right Place with Nature by Design
October 10 - Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot
TBD: 10/24 – Ocean Friendly Gardens – Hands-on Workshop Using Rainwater as a Resource at Juanamaria Elementary School
November 21 – Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater reuse
December 5 – Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation

For more information, call (805) 652-4501.

All classes are held at 336 Sanjon Road – City Maintenance Yard except for the Composting Class which is held at Green Thumb Nursery on 1899 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA

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Also visit, cityofventura.net/waterwise

Gold is the New Green: Enter for a Chance to WIN Prizes at the Golden Lawn Event!!

California is in a serious drought and everyone is working to conserve our water.Sign on Golden Lawn

Win Prizes at the Golden Lawn Conservation Expo Saturday, August 29, Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Fox Fine Jewelry, located in downtown Ventura, is giving Ventura residents an extra incentive to conserve water, and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree gift as well as many runner-up prizes for forgoing watering your lawn all together.

Here’s how the contest works:

1. Go to Fox Fine Jewelry at 560 East Main Street, Ventura, 93001, pick up a lawn sign and fill out the entry form. Already have your lawn sign? Sign up here. http://www.foxfinejewelry.com/golden-lawn/

2. Put the sign in your lawn and let your lawn turn golden. Take a photo and post on Facebook, Instagram or other social media with #goldenlawn805 and tag@foxfinejewelry.

3. Go to the Golden Lawn Conservation Expo in the alley behind Fox Fine Jewelry on Saturday, August 29th from 12 – 5pm to find out if you’ve won! The contest ends with a party and Conservation Expo themed fair with food booths, artists, wine and beer tasting and more. Prizes will be announced throughout the day, which include theme park, concert, and movie tickets as well as jewelry and other prizes from local businesses. And of course, the $1,000 grand prizewinner will be named!

For more information contact: Carla Howard at Carla@foxfinejewelry.com or call Fox Fine Jewelry at (805) 652-1800 and visit: http://www.foxfinejewelry.com/event/article/golden-lawn-1000.00-shopping-spree/

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Does your water taste, smell or look different? Summer 2015 Algae Bloom in Lake Casitas

 

lake_casitasThe Cities of Ventura and Ojai and surrounding areas that rely on water from Lake Casitas are experiencing a change in color (and/or odor and taste changes) of their drinking water. When lake water levels are low, as they currently are, and the fact that temperatures are higher than usual, this causes water oxygen levels to drop and Manganese is released from sediment at the bottom of the lake causing the water to look slightly yellowish or brownish in color.  Changes in odor and taste are caused by an algae bloom in Lake Casitas, not a seasonal “lake turnover” event which happens regularly twice a year. Casitas Water Department is implementing algae control measures to reduce algae bloom.

These changes in color, taste and odor are completely normal seasonal occurrence amplified by drought conditions.

Residents should not be concerned, as all water delivered from Lake Casitas is filtered and disinfected to meet state and federal drinking water standards and the water from the lake continues to surpass drinking water health standards.

These changes in water color, taste and odor usually only lasts a few weeks.  Refrigerating the water, and/or adding lemon may minimize the unpleasant taste and odor.

For more information, visit:  http://www.casitaswater.org

Learn How To Use the Watershed-Friendly Approach – MORE FREE CLASSES!

 

headerWaterWiseGardensLearn for FREE how to use the watershed-friendly approach in your garden.  The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays, September-October 2015, at the Ventura County Government Center.  Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and the elimination of the long-term need for irrigation.  You’ll be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!

Workshop One:  Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.Before

Workshop Two:  Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday September 26th, 9am

Workshop Three:  Designing Your Landscape, Saturday October 10th, 9am

Workshop Four:  Turf Removal, Saturday October 17th, 9am

Workshop Five:  Planting and Irrigating, Saturday October 24th, 9am

For details and registration information visit the link below and navigate to September and October to view the calendar!

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FREE Water Wise Class Saturday, August 29 “How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days”

 

OFGFREE Water Wise Class, Saturday, August 29, 10am-11:30am in Ventura “How To Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days.”

For more information, CLICK HERE.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE  – It’s FREE!  CLICK HERE.

SAVE Water and Money: Ventura Water Accepting Applications for NEW Water Wise Incentive Program

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Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched our new rebate Incentive Program on July 1 and applications are now being accepted.  It’s never too late to plan a beautiful, new water-wise garden!

The incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

For tips and ideas as you start designing your new landscape, visit www.venturacountygardening.com.

It’s easy to apply for the Incentive Program. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions. You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Send documents one of the following ways:

GOLD IS THE NEW GREEN: Stop Watering Your Lawn & Enter to Win a Shopping Spree ($1,000) and Other Gift Items!

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Everyone’s trying to conserve water, but saving water and money just got sweeter!

Fox Fine Jewelry is giving a $1,000.00 Shopping Spree, plus loads of runner up prizes, just for not watering your lawn!


How to Enter the #goldenlawn805 $1,000.00 Shopping Spree Contest

1. Go to Fox Fine Jewelry, located at 560 East Main Street in downtown Ventura and pick up a lawn sign and fill out the entry form. Already have your lawn sign? Sign up here.

2. Put the sign in your lawn and let your lawn turn golden. Take a photo and post on Facebook, Instagram or other social media with #goldenlawn805 and tag@foxfinejewelry.

3. Go to the Golden Lawn Conservation Expo in the alley behind Fox Fine Jewelry on Saturday, August 29th from 12 – 5pm and find out if you’ve won!

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The contest will end with a party and Conservation Expo in the alley behind Fox on Saturday, August 29th from 12 – 5pm. Join the 103.3 The Vibe, a conservation themed fair, food booths, plein air artists and wine and beer tasting. There’ll be prizes throughout the day, including theme park, concert and movie tickets, jewelry and other prizes from local businesses. And of course the $1,000.00 grand prize winner!

So don’t water your lawn, win prizes, save money and water!

For More Information
Contact: Carla Howard at Carla@foxfinejewelry.com or call Fox Fine Jewelry at (805) 652-1800

The Fine Print
Drought tolerant landscaping qualifies as a ‘Golden Lawn.’ Entrants can choose to bring in a picture of their ‘Golden Lawn’ in lieu of posting on social media. Winners will be selected just prior to the event and verified that their address matches the address of the photo, and that the photo posted on social media was tagged with #goldenlawn805 and @foxfinejewelry. Proof of address will be required to claim prizes. Winner need not be present at the Golden Lawn Conservation Expo to win, but must reside in Ventura, Santa Barbara or Los Angeles county.

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