Residential Recycled Mobile Reuse Program: High Quality Recycled Water Now Available to Residents

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Read about the City’s NEW program offering Ventura residents a high quality alternative source of water to offset your potable demand for outdoor irrigation. Find out more: http://bit.ly/28PGkvC

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Enjoy our Beaches Safely & Be Aware of Rip Currents

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Ventura City Fire reminds beachgoers to safely enjoy our beaches. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, rip currents account for more than 80 percent of rescues performed by beach lifeguards. Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from the shore – typically found near coastal structures such as jetties and piers.

Follow these safety precautions to stay safe: learn to swim, swim near a lifeguard, never swim alone, swim sober and don’t fight the rip current. When caught in a rip current, first swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When you are out of the rip current, swim towards the shore (see illustration).

Swim Where It’s safe: Daily lifeguard services began Memorial Day weekend at all Ventura Harbor beaches off of Spinnaker Drive, funded by the Ventura Port District, which contracts with California State Parks. Services are provided through Labor Day weekend. Harbor Cove will have a daily lifeguard from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the South Beach/Surfer’s Knoll area will have a lifeguard from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. daily.

For more ocean safety tips and rip current information, visit the United States Lifesaving Association at www.usla.org.

From Ventura Water’s June 2016 Pipeline

Conservation Fatigued? Ventura Water to Offer NEW Drought-Busting Conservation Tools

5HvnvXeN4i0LI_mGlQOIUyvczIF78XzgZDopvhd71IOr1cV2gZn2VQUtPH5XoTxpWisbz38_RN-KkYVCOX1NjWH5fYbq1ow7S_cR14GSBHf2tW0wjdbeQXvW1DXcmKLbngYK-NI9OnRJOZIl2H-Bx_Os3MPM5QOO0SJjiQk=s0-d-e1-ftOn the heels of winning the Mayor’s Challenge and being recognized as one of the most water wise cities in America, it’s clear that Ventura residents are extremely mindful of water conservation and the need for continued resiliency. As a catalyst to help reduce conservation fatigue during these extended drought conditions, Ventura Water is proud to equip residents with more water-saving tools!

Coming at the end of June 2016, we are excited to announce the grand opening of our Recycled Water mobile use hauling program, where residents can come and get training, pay a fee, and be permitted to fill up containers with high-quality recycled water to be used for landscapes – instead of having to use their potable water. Training sessions will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF), 1400 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The first training session is Tuesday, June 21. Contact the VWRF to sign up at 805-677-4131.

And that’s not all! In July 2016, we will bring you another tool in the water conservation tool belt! Ventura Water will launch WaterWise 2.0, a new turf replacement program that offers more ways to save water. Everything from turf replacement to free sprinkler nozzles and smart irrigation timers will be offered to participants who qualify! So hold off on starting that yard project and stay tuned for more information coming in July on the launch of this exciting program!

Finally, what inspires you to make sacrifices and go above and beyond the call of duty to minimize your water footprint? Also coming in July 2016 – just for fun and as a part of our annual summer awareness campaign – Ventura Water will launch Capture Conservation, a local photo contest that offers residents who have battled to conserve during the drought an opportunity to capture what they’ve done in a photo and be entered to win some really cool prizes! Whether it’s a fancy rainwater harvesting system or simply a reusable water bottle, share how you and your friends are “capturing conservation!” It’s easy… Save water, take a photo and enter to win! Check your monthly Pipeline for more details to come in July.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, June 2016

Attend Two Upcoming Public Hearings on June 6 and June 13

Public HearingThe community is invited to attend a public hearing on Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at Ventura City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Poli St.  The City Council will consider and receive comments and input on the proposed Water Rights dedication and Water Resource Net Zero Fee, in order to consider the potential economic impacts of the proposed Resolution, and to provide information on water supply and water demand, water resources, and the determination of the water resource net zero fee schedule for complying with Article X, Section 2 of the California Constitution.  The proposed Resolution will assist the City in maintaining water supplies to meet the demand of new and intensified development.

Copies of the proposed Water Rights Dedication, Water Resource Net Zero Fee, and Water Resource Net Zero Requirements Ordinance and the proposed Water Resource Net Zero Fee Resolution will be available to the public on or before Thursday, May 26, 2016, in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 204 at City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura.  They will also be posted on our website, www.venturawater.net.

Attend the June 13 Public Hearing on Ventura’s Urban Water Management Plan

The community is invited to attend a public hearing on Monday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at Ventura City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Poli St. The Council will consider and receive comments on the 2015 Urban Water Management Plan for Ventura. The public may comment about the city’s implementation plan and its potential economic impacts as well as learn about baseline water use and water use targets.

The plan addresses historic, current, and projected water demands, supplies, and conservation programs. In general, the plan is a long-term planning tool that guides the actions of water management agencies and provides managers and the public with a broad perspective on a number of water supply issues.

The California Urban Water Management Planning Act requires preparation of a plan that accomplishes water supply planning over a 20-year period in five year increments; identifies and quantifies adequate water supplies, including recycled water, for existing and future demands in normal and dry years; and implements conservation and efficient use of urban water supplies. Ventura is updating its 2010 plan.

Copies of the draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan will be available to the public on or before May 31 in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 204, City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. The draft plan will also be posted on our website, www.venturawater.net.

Ventura Places #1 in 2016 Mayor’s Challenge

Congratulations Ventura for placing #1 in the 2016 Mayor’s Challenge for cities with populations from 100,00-299,999!  Yesterday, a special award presentation was held on the steps of City Hall.  View the slideshow!  For more information about the Mayor’s Challenge, visit:  wylandfoundation.org/mayors

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For Immediate Release
Please contact Ventura Water:
Craig Jones, Management Analyst II, 805-223-4378
Shana Epstein, General Manager, 805-652-4518
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Ventura Wins the 5th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!
     The city of Ventura and its residents have been nationally recognized for pledging to conserve water and cut pollution.
     Ventura placed first in the fifth annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, which ran from April 1-30. The contest asked residents to pledge online to conserve water, and Ventura had the highest percentage of pledges for cities with populations between 100,000 and 299,999. Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, placed second in Ventura’s population category.
     Wyland spokesman Steve Creech presented Ventura Mayor Eric Nasarenko with the first-place plaque during a noontime ceremony on the steps of Ventura City Hall on Thursday May 19.
     “I don’t usually like to brag, but ‘Way to go, Ventura!’” Nasarenko told an enthusiastic audience that included City Councilman Jim Monahan, Fire Chief David Endaya and many city employees.
     Nasarenko congratulated the Ventura residents who pledged at www.mywaterpledge.com, saying their efforts will save over 26 million gallons of water.
     Venturans also pledged to reduce their use of single-use plastic bottles by 48,931, eliminate 1,172 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds, and cut the amount of waste sent to landfills by 562,475 pounds.
     Overall, 4,100 cities across the U.S. participated, with residents making pledges to reduce their water use at home, around the yard, and in their lives. Residents nationwide pledged to reduce their cumulative water consumption by over 1.9 billion gallons – an amount totaling the equivalent of 2,877 Olympic-sized pools!
     Other winning cities were: Laguna Beach (5,000-29,999 residents); Andover, Minn. (30,000-99,999); Aurora, Colo. (300,000-599,999) and Boston (600,000-plus).
     Participating residents from the winning cities were entered into a contest to win a 2016 Toyota Prius, and Nasarenko had the honor of picking the winner from a spinning raffle basket. Nasarenko said he hoped a Ventura resident would win the Prius, which was parked outside of City Hall, but, alas, the winning ticket went to Jim Schoepflin of Aurora, Colo.
     The Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit founded by renowned marine life artist Wyland, has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education and live events. The Mayor’s Challenge also is sponsored by Toyota, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National League of Cities, The Toro Company, Earth Friendly Products (ECOS), Conserva Irrigation and in Southern California by television stations CBS2/KCAL9.
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