New Water and Waste Water Commission Selected

Water and Waste Water CommissionA new, seven-member Water Commission with two alternate members has been formed as part of Ventura Water’s ongoing public outreach and education effort, and to help with long-term planning. The Water Commission will review and make advisory recommendations regarding water rates; water resources infrastructure projects in the five-year capital improvement program; the integrated water resources management plan; water supply options; the Urban Water Management Plan approval process; a water dedication and in-lieu fee requirement; and other issues.
 
All of the commissioners and alternates are Ventura residents. Five are professional members with terms expiring in June 2017: Bryan Bondy, Grant Burton (alternate), Christopher Cooper, Gerhardt Hubner and Don Mills. Four are “special interest” commissioners whose terms expire June 30, 2019: Ted Cook, Parker Mann (alternate), Scott McCarty and Suzanne McCombs.
 
The commission had its first meeting on June 23. Commissioners were sworn in and toured the Ventura Avenue Treatment Facility.
 
The Water Commission is scheduled to meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room #202, 501 Poli St. in Ventura. Interested community members are encouraged to attend these public meetings to become informed and participate. Meeting agendas will be posted in advance on our website, www.venturawater.net.

From Ventura Water’s June 2015 Pipeline

Fourth Year of Drought: What you can do?

DroughtMany of Ventura Water customers are already conserving and the City thanks you for your continued efforts.  This water shortage has been a multi-year drought, which is not unprecedented. California’s drought in the 1990s lasted seven years.

Since conservation has been encouraged to be a way of life, the new Water Shortage Rates adopted by the City Council on June 8, 2015, do not establish an allocation, but rather build upon the existing tiered structure to encourage further conservation. Customers will see a comparison on their Ventura Water utility bill in July or August. This bill will show a side-by-side comparison of what a customer used and owes with the existing three-tier structure on the right side of the bill. On the left side of the bill, the customer will see what the same usage will be charged under the new four-tier Water Shortage Rates that take effect Sept. 1

Customers can prevent having their bills go up by conserving. Ventura Water hopes that this notification will give customers time to make decisions about how much water they would like to use for the rest of the summer and fall months.

Customers will also notice on their July/August bill, the first tier has been split into two so that the new tier one, which is 0 to 6 units (one unit equals 748 gallons) is not expected to conserve at all. The customer committee who recommended this first Tier was concerned about small users who were already conserving. At the same time, the committee recognized everyone needs to conserve something in order maximize the City’s diminishing supplies. Tier 2, which is 7 to 14 units for a single family residential customer, is expected to save but not as much as Tier 3 and Tier 4, which are primarily used for outdoor irrigation. 

Since September of 2014, the City has asked all customers to only irrigate two days a week and not between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. A single-family residence home uses up to 60 percent of their water outdoors. So to reach 20 percent water savings, a household can do so without going to extreme indoor restrictions. The City has collectively saved over 20 percent the months when we have had rainy and cool weather. Those are the months that people instinctively turn off their sprinklers and do not hose water. 

Why change the rate structure at all during a water shortage? First, the city seeks to insure that the community conserves so we have enough water while supplies continue to diminish during this drought. Second, important infrastructure improvements and the replacement of very old pipes and facilities would be delayed when revenues fall with decreased water sales. Seventy-five percent of Water Operations have fixed costs regardless of whether one drop or millions of gallons of water are delivered.  Ventura Water’s salary and benefits total only a quarter of the overall budget. Most expenses come from infrastructure improvements that keep the water system up and running. In contrast, 75 percent of revenues come from water usage to encourage customers to use water efficiently. So, these new rates keep the water utility revenue neutral and fiscally sound during a shortage. This helps Ventura Water maintain progress for the future and allows us to bring an incentive program that will roll out this summer.

For more conservation tips or to request a free water survey visit us at www.venturawater.net or call 805-667-6500.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, June 2015

Ventura Water Conservation Efforts in April; Please Keep Conserving!

New figures show that water use by Ventura Water customers was down 12.69 percent in the month of April 2015 compared to April 2013. The year-to-date reduction in water use by customers overall by the end of April was 9.36 percent compared to 2013.

Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. Please keep trying to reduce use and make water conservation a lifestyle!

Ventura Water has instituted several mandatory water conservation measures for our customers. They include: sprinkler irrigation systems may run only two days per week between the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.; handheld hoses used to wash cars must have a shutoff nozzle; fountains must use recycled water; and hosing down hard surfaces like driveways or sidewalks is not allowed. (Using a broom to sweep is a reasonable alternative.) A new rebate incentive program to encourage lawn removal is coming as well.

Ventura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site residential water surveys to help our customers save water. Use the New Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently. Learn more by clicking here.

Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water survey.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, May 2015

FREE Water Wise “Control Your Controllers” Workshop TOMORROW, Sat. June 6, 10-11:30am in Ventura

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FREE Water Wise Workshop TOMORROW, Saturday, June 6, 10am-11:30am at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura. “Control Your Controllers” – learn about different systems and drip irrigation options, RSVP  http://bit.ly/1BOWFo3

Visit Ventura Water at at Surf ‘n’ Suds at the Ventura Harbor Village June 13

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Surf ‘n’ Suds at the Ventura Harbor Village

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

11:30 (VIP Entry) / 12:30 p.m. (GA Admission) – 5 p.m.

Come and visit Ventura Water’s booth at  Surf ‘n’ Suds at the Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, June 13, 2015!

The Trek Bikes of Ventura Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival is excited to announce another “Beer Festival with a Surf Twist” at the Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, June 13th.

Over 45 of the top craft breweries will be at the event! 3 live bands including Rising Son, Cross Cut, After the Smoke and DJ Hecktik will supply the entertainment and you can’t beat the location.

The Ventura Harbor Village is located with Ventura Harbor to one side, the ocean on another, and back dropped by the Santa Ynez Mountains.

VIP tickets allow you to enter an hour early and try specialized beers that will not be available during the General Admission entry. VIP entry begins at 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $65. A complimentary souvenir logo glass and samples from any of the 45+ breweries on site come with your ticket.

General Admission entry is at 12:30 p.m. and costs $50.  A complimentary souvenir logo glass and samples from any of the 45+ breweries on site come with your ticket.

Getting your friends and family to the event safely? Designated Driver tickets are $20 and allow you to enter the event beginning at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy all of the live entertainment!

Get to the event safely! We have plenty of transportation options! If you are in the Ventura area, hop on the Ventura Harbor Trolley! If you are coming from the Santa Barbara area get a ride on Jump On The School Bus! Amtrak is a great way to get to the event as well! We will have a free trolley pickup at the Amtrak station that will take you to and from the event.

One of our favorite transportation options is the Trek Bikes of Ventura Cruiser Run! The Cruiser Run starts at Trek Bikes of Ventura, 4060 E. Main Street, at 11 a.m. Once you get to Surf ‘n’ Suds you can park in our complimentary Bicycle Valet.

The Ventura Harbor Village features over 35 shops, galleries, and restaurants! Come early for breakfast, enjoy Surf ‘n’ Suds, and then stay for dinner and drinks!

Tickets are available at www.surfbeerfest.com.