Ventura Water Facebook Contest to WIN tickets to the Ventura County Fair


Ventura Water is hosting a Facebook Contest for people to win tickets to the Ventura County Fair starting Monday July 20th through August 2nd. This contest promotes taking a shower the length of your favorite song as a way of conserving water during the drought. This summer’s campaign is better known as, “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower song?”.

Mayor Cheryl Heitmann of Ventura states, “This shower song idea was passed down by the state of California; we took it and ran with it. We have ads running on 103.3 the Vibe and KHAY. It resembles last summer’s “Dirty Car Contest”, which was very successful.”

If you want to take part in this summer’s contest with a chance to win tickets to the VC Fair, simply post your shower song from YouTube to Ventura Water’s Facebook page and get as many likes for your shower song as you can. You must also like Ventura Water’s Facebook page for your song to be considered.

The two contestants whose videos receive the most Facebook “Likes” for the week win a pair of tickets. The contest will last for two weeks, so if you don’t win the first week, try again the next week. That gives you four chances to win!

For more information all the details are posted to Ventura Water’s Facebook page.

Remember, showering in 5 minutes or less can save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

Hey Ventura, What’s your shower song?!

VISIT Ventura Water’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

LISTEN TO THE “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?”  COMMERCIAL, CLICK HERE.

Ventura Water Unveils VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility


Left to Right: Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins, Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein and Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Ventura Water Unveils VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility – To Find out more and to book a FREE tour, visit:


WATCH the Sustainable Ventura News Story below:

Ventura Beaches get straight A’s on Heal the Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card


For the past 20 years, Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental organization that works to ensure that the Southern California coastal waters and watersheds are safe, healthy and clean presents The Annual Beach Report Card (BRC), a public health protection tool which reports on ocean water quality with analysis conducted by local health agencies and dischargers.

Over 450 beaches along the California coast are graded from A to F on the basis of bacteria analysis of the waters and in the 2015 BRC, Ventura beaches scored straight A’s! FIND OUT MORE. 

Beaches are graded on water quality on Fridays, so, when the heat turns up and you’re headed for the beach, it’s always a good idea to check the grade of the beach you’ll be visiting, CLICK HERE.

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Find out more about how the Annual Beach Report Card works, CLICK HERE.

Ventura County Star: Sing in the shower, but for no more than 5 minutes!

Sing in the Shower, but for no more than 5 minutes to save water with “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” campaign!  READ the story in Ventura County Star.

Tell us your favorite shower song, POST the name and/or YOUR VIDEO OF YOU SINGING YOUR FAVORITE SONG at


Cooler May Temperatures Led to Lower Water Use in May


New figures show that water use by Ventura Water customers was 28.12 percent lower last month (May) compared to May 2013. We believe the large reduction in water use during May is largely due to the late rain we experienced and cooler-than-average temperatures during most of the month. We appreciate how our customers responded to the cooler weather by lowing their water use!
The year-to-date reduction in water use by customers overall by the end of May still fell short of our 20 percent goal, however. Year-to-date, water use overall by Ventura Water customers is down 13.12 percent compared to the same time this year in 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! Let’s hit that 20 percent goal for the entire year to date!
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 or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water survey.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, June 2015

Sustainable U Children share their favorite Shower Song for “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign

Children attending Hansen Agricultural Center’s Sustainable U and their teachers share their favorite Shower Song for “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign.

What’s Your Favorite Shower Song? POST the name on Ventura Water’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

For more information on “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” campaign, WATCH Sustainable Ventura News:

Ventura Water’s NEW Water Wise Incentive Program Saves You Money and Helps Preserve the Environment

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Ventura Water to launch incentive program Summer 2015

40 to 60% of average monthly water use in Ventura is used outdoor, and nearly half of that is wasted due to inefficient watering methods and faulty irrigation systems. It’s been proven however, that upgrading an outdoor irrigation system can help to save as much as 30% of the water from conventional systems.

With those figures in mind, on March 9, 2015, Ventura’s City Council approved Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Plan.  The program, which launched July 1, will help customers offset costs for changing out their traditional green for more appropriate, water wise gardens and more efficient irrigation systems.

“We hope this program will help to motivate customers,” said Jill Santos, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist.  “Even if a property owner has already switched out their landscaping, they still may qualify for other incentives, like rainwater harvesting or a weather-based irrigation timer.”

City residents are encouraged visit:, for more information and to apply  for the incentives.  Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

“Any one who is a Ventura Water customer with an account with the City can apply.  Afterwards, staff will verify the property’s square footage, existing irrigation system and landscape type.”

Projects will have 120 days to complete their project.  Depending upon the size of their lawn, applicants will be eligible to receive up to $1600.  An additional $300 may also be available to upgrade a homeowner’s current irrigation converting it to a drip irrigation system, or remove in entirely to install rainwater harvesting equipment.

“Unfortunately, projects already completed cannot be retroactively reimbursed,” said Santos.  “However, projects that have already been started and are not completed may still qualify for other incentives. No rebates will be issued until all of the documentation has been received.  To apply visit:

Other Helpful Information & Links

If you are a Ventura Water customer and would like to have “Water Wise House Call” for your property and have a Ventura Water representative comes to your home or business to assess indoor and outdoor water usage and make water efficient recommendations, please call: (805) 667-6500 to set up an appointment.

To find out about financing programs that help off-set energy and water investments via your property tax, visit: the HERO Program.

For design ideas, a helpful irrigation scheduling tool and plants lists, go to

APPLY NOW for REBATES to remove your turf and for water efficient devices :


Ventura Water Accepting Applications for Turf Replacement and Irrigation Efficiency Devices as of July 1, 2015


We are accepting applications for turf replacement and irrigation efficiency device(s) rebates as of July 1, 2015


  • 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
  • Send documents one of the following ways:

For more information, visit or call (866) 983-9232.

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,

From Ventura Water’s June 2015 Pipeline