Ventura Water Water Saving Tip!

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Install a new weather-based irrigation controller. These devices pull data from a local source or the Internet and water your plants based on weather predictions. The system will know how much water your plants and trees will need each day. Using one of these can save your home or business hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each year. Install your weather-based irrigation controller this winter, before the rainy season hits!

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, December 2016

Call For Water Conservation Continues

Water conservation efforts don’t get a break just because it’s wintertime!SavingWater

This month’s unseasonably warm temperatures all around Southern California mean more trouble for the drought, which is entering its fourth year. Despite the storms in December, January was pretty dry, and it’s usually the wettest month of the year. February is no better. Warm weather has also held down the California snowpack needed to feed streams and rivers, leading to new forecasts that dry conditions will persist this year. Click here to read a recent newspaper article about a pair of new drought forecasts from two federal agencies.

As you know, the city of Ventura last September declared a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring Ventura Water customers to cut their water use by 20 percent. While water use levels have fallen, they haven’t fallen nearly enough.

Ventura Water customers reduced their water consumption by 7.05 percent in 2014 compared to 2013– nowhere near the mandatory 20 percent. See the full 2013/2014 water usage report here.

A better measure of how Ventura Water customers are doing on conservation is to compare this year’s water usage levels so far to those in 2013- before water conservation measures were requested and later, required. (Remember, the Ventura City Council first called for voluntary conservation in February 2014.)

Comparing January 2015 to the month of January 2013, water use declined by only 4.22 percent.

Let’s strive to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit for everyone! Here are some ways to make that happen in wintertime. More tips can he found at www.saveourwater.com.

  • Change your sprinkler schedule: reduce watering or turn off the sprinklers. Lawns and plants don’t need as much water in the winter. Invest in a weather-based “smart” controller or high efficiency sprinklers which reportedly reduce water use by 30 percent.
  • Find and fix leaks now. One way to find leaks is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  • Replace older 3.5 gallons-per-flush toilets with newer 1.3 gpf models, which can save an average of 10 gallons per day.
  • Buy a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff. You can use this water for potted plants or to wash your car. Ventura Water and the city of Ventura offer residents a half-price discount for 60-gallon rain barrels. Get your vouchers by clicking here.VoucherFrom Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2015

Next on Tap: City to Consider a Water-Saving Incentive Program for Customers

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Following a recommendation from the Water Shortage Task Force, Ventura Water will ask the City Council to establish an incentive program for water customers who undertake steps to reduce their outside water use.

Replacing your thirsty lawn with artificial turf or installing water-saving irrigation devices would possibly be among those practices included in an incentive plan aimed at boosting conservation.

“Many California cities, including Santa Barbara and Long Beach, have incentive programs to promote water efficiency and motivate customers to save water, and there’s an overwhelming public interest here for an incentive plan too,” says Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein.

The hope is that an incentive program would help customers achieve their 20 percent water reduction, since conservation alone isn’t yet achieving that level of reduction that the city requires during the Stage 3 water shortage. If approved by the Council, the incentive program could be underway by the summer or fall of 2015.

Because most discretionary water use is outdoors, the incentive plan focuses on irrigation efficiency devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to grass or synthetic turf. Some properties could qualify for rebates in both categories.

Irrigation efficiency devices may include a rain sensor or shut-off device; a smart controller that waters only according to climate conditions; and rotating nozzles with a pressure regulator. Applicants could receive a rebate of up to $300 per applicant and specific rebate amounts for the devices will vary.

For turf replacement, a rebate of $2 per square foot, up to $1,600 per properties, will be available for applicants that participate in a landscape survey. Applicants could also receive a rebate for applying compost and mulch.

Ventura Water is considering budgeting $825,000 to run the incentive program this year during the mandatory 20 percent water-reduction drought stage.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, January 2015

A red, white and BLUE tip for July 4th!

 

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     Having a July 4th picnic or BBQ? Here’s a red, white and BLUE refreshing tip: Buy a large 5 (or 10) gallon Coleman beverage cooler and fill it with water and slices of fresh lemon and mint and/or homemade ice tea or lemonade! It’s economical and it saves our environment. Don’t forget to serve the beverages with reusable cups! Happy July 4th!

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Heartbleed Bug and Internet Safety

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You may have read about the Heartbleed Bug and the security risk it poses for electronic Internet data. Many of our customers access their billing and water usage history at My Ventura Water, our online portal. Our IT professionals have assessed the risks and as a precaution, have applied a patch to ensure data integrity. Also, for sensitive information such as credit cards, there have always been multiple layers of encryption to provide reliable security. However, this is a good reminder that changing your Internet passwords regularly is a smart habit.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, April 2014