FREE Sprinkler Controllers for City of Ventura residents

Ventura Water will replace your old analog sprinkler controller with a FREE smart sprinkler controller! Smart controllers take your local weather data, soil, and plant types to create a smarter, customized watering schedule. You won’t waste a drop. Your controller will automatically know to skip watering before, during, or after the rain. No more running to the garage or side yard to control your sprinklers! Smart controllers give you remote access to your irrigation system, allowing you to control your sprinklers right from your smartphone. Most importantly, they allow you to pick a watering schedule that suits your landscape and lifestyle for higher potential water savings!
Under the new program for applicants who qualify, Ventura Water will:

  • Replace and install the smart controller at your property
  • Provide onsite training and program the controller
  • Provide technical support to address any questions!

Call 1-866-983-9232 to schedule an install today!  FIND OUT MORE, Click here.

Have you signed up? 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 16

The 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM to Noon. The event is looking for volunteers to help pick up trash on beaches and near waterways to protect California wildlife as well as conserve the health and beauty of our environment. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago shares information.

 

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Ventura Water Water Saving Tips!

Save water with these great tips from our customers:

Monica Gray: “We use so many of the items given to us in the sustainability kit, including the new nozzles, water bottles, toilet flapper, etc. They are all super helpful! We also use the shower timer from the camp my girls attended.”

William McReynolds: “Got the 5 minute shower timer at the July 4th Street Fair, 8-year-old loves being out of the shower before time runs out.”

Claudia Bleser Caudill: “We stopped watering our lawn, use grey water for plants, use a shower timer, turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving, and flush only as necessary (if it’s yellow, let it mellow!). We also regularly talk about water conservation as a family.”

Suzanne Soprano: “We never wash our cars at home. We collect rainfall to water the plants. We let the lawn die but have succulents and other drought-tolerant landscaping. We also take short showers and have reusable water bottles.”

From Ventura Water’s August 2017 Pipeline

FREE Gardening Class September 9: “Creating a Sustainable and Balance Garden with Lisa Burton

FREE Gardening Class “Creating a Sustainable and Balanced Garden Ecosystem” with Nature By Design’s Lisa Burton, Saturday, September 9, 10:00 am – 11:30 am at the City’s Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road. Find out how steps to design a sustainable and balanced garden! RSVP, http://bit.ly/2eZGt0O

Volunteer for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Over 60,000 people throughout California will participate in the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup  Day on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Volunteers for the event will help to remove trash and debris from beaches, creeks, and other waterways promoting the health and sustainability of our environment and to protect natural wildlife.

Environmental Sustainability suggests that volunteers bring their own bucket, hat, sunscreen, and water (in a reusable container). Additionally, local volunteers will have the option to participate in a social media photo contest where they will have the opportunity to win great prizes from local businesses.

Locate a Coastal Cleanup Day site near you, http://www.vccoastcleanup.org/cleanup-sites/

Find out more here:

http://www.vccoastcleanup.org/

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Have you signed up for Ventura Water’s Mobile Reuse Program?

Ventura Water’s Residential Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program is the first of its kind in the county allowing for residents who go through a training session (and pay a $75 annual permit fee) to pick up 5 to 300 gallons of recycled water per visit, Find out more, Click Here!

Register Now for FREE Gardening Classes for 2017

Sign up today for fun, hands-on gardening classes. All classes are free and held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Participants can register for the series here.

September 9: Creating a Sustainable and Balanced Garden Ecosystem ~ Balanced garden ecosystems are low maintenance, promote healthy soils and support local wildlife. Professional landscape designer and native plant specialist, Lisa Burton of Nature by Design, will teach steps for designing a balanced garden.
Location: Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.
 
October 21: Water Wise Vegetable Garden ~ Conserve water while growing nutritious food! David Nicholes of Green Thumb will demonstrate techniques that will make your water-wise vegetable garden a success.
Location: Green Thumb International, 1899 South Victoria Ave.

SIGN UP for Notify Me on the City of Ventura’s Website

The City of Ventura’s new website has been refined to enhance user experience and make it easier for you to access information. New features such as calendars, videos and quick links are designed to keep residents up to date on the latest news and events. Ventura Water would like to highlight the Notify Me feature. Notify Me allows users to receive email updates on Water Commission agendas, upcoming events/workshops, and new incentive programs offered by Ventura Water and more! With Notify Me you can be the first to know when new items have been added to the City’s website. Visit www.cityofventura.ca.gov  and select the Notify Me button to get started!

From Ventura Water’s August 2017 Pipeline

Ventura Water’s NEW NO-DES System to SAVE Water

Sustainable Ventura News filming yesterday in Ventura with the NEW NO-DES (Neutral Output-Discharge Elimination System) Truck! Photos Clockwise from top Left to Right:  Craig Jones (Ventura Water’s Management Analyst II), Joe McDermott (Ventura Water Acting General Manager) and Jake with Ventura Water.

Water main flushing is a necessary part of operating and maintaining a drinking water distribution system to ensure high quality drinking water.  The traditional method of flushing involves opening up fire hydrants and letting the water flow out to scour and remove buildup in pipes that may degrade water quality over time.  As water flows under pressure at high velocities through the pipes, deposits of fine sediment are dislodged. The resulting deposits exit the distribution system through open fire hydrants usually running down streets into storm drains. This NO-DES system utilizes a trailer mounted pumping, filtering, and re-chlorinating system which circulates the water within the distribution system to prevent waste.  Find out more at VenturaWater.net