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.

New Ventura Water Wise Incentive Program Continues; Sign Up Now!

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Ventura Residents May ALSO Qualify for Rebates from the State of California for Turf or Toilet Replacement

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched their new rebate Incentive Program on July 1, and applications have flooded in!

By the end of July, 52 percent of program funds were reserved for current applicants, leaving 48 percent of funds still available. In July, 327 Ventura residents applied for conservation rebates and submitted required documentation (most people applied online). Of the 327, 257 applicants were inspected, approved and served a Notice to Proceed with their projects. More applications are pending.

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this new program while funding is still available. Apply now so you can plant your new water-wise garden before winter.

Ventura Water’s incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

It’s easy to apply. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions.
    • Apply online at www.removeyourturf.com, or
    • 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 www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Make sure to submit an application for turf replacement and irrigation devices separately.
  • Send documents one of the following ways (if not online):

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These financial incentives may be available to Ventura residents who also use Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Program! Please read the FAQs at the link below to learn how the state turf rebate program works with other agency rebate programs, including Ventura’s.

  • The state’s turf replacement program has a $24 million budget expected to support converting over 10 million square feet of turf, achieving approximately 20 percent of the statewide goal of replacing 50 million square feet of turf. Up to $2 per square foot of removed-and-replaced turf will be rebated up to a total of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household.
  • The state’s toilet rebate program has a $6 million budget expected to support replacing 60,000 toilets statewide. Up to $100 will be rebated for the purchase and installation of one qualified, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet using more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

Check the website for qualifying products, terms and conditions by clicking here. Or: call 844-642-7410, or email turf@saveourwaterrebates.com or toilet@saveourwaterrebates.com.

Read the State’s turf replacement program FAQs here.

Ventura Water customers who apply for the Water Wise Incentive Program using the www.removeyourturf.com website or mail-in application will be sent a verified dollar-per-square-foot amount upon project completion, which then can be used for an application with the state’s program.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, August 2015

FREE “Control Your Controllers” Water Wise Workshop June 6, 10:00-11:30am

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RSVP TODAY!

FREE Workshop June 6, 2015

10:00am-11:30am

“Control Your Controllers”

City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard

336 Sanjon Road

Ventura 93002

Refreshments Served

 RSVP:  CLICK HERE.

New 13-Member Water Task Force to Respond to Drought Issues

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Dear Valued Customer,

Last Monday night, the City Council approved a 13-member Water Task Force to represent the community as Ventura Water develops and implements a range of actions to respond to the growing drought. The dry and hot weather is not helping our water situation, and as many of you are aware, the state recently mandated new requirements targeting water waste.

The City of Ventura has a Water Waste Ordinance on the books that was adopted during the 1990s drought. The state regulations and our ordinance include the same prohibitions:

  • Watering of outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures. (Don’t let your sprinklers run so long that the water runs off the grass onto the pavement and don’t let your sprinklers water the pavement.)
  • Using a hose to wash an automobile, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle. (By the way, a professional car wash is a better choice, environmentally speaking. A commercial car wash uses only 45 gallons per car and typically recycles the water. Washing at home can use three times the amount of water and the dirt and grime washed off your car can pollute our ocean and beaches.)
  • The application of water to any hard surface, including, but not limited to, driveways, sidewalks and asphalt. (Use a broom, not the hose to clean hard surfaces. There are some exceptions for health and safety, such as street sweeping.)
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

Ventura’s ordinance has a few more prohibitions that you should be aware of:

  • Any leaks should be repaired within 48 hours after being discovered.
  • Restaurants should serve water only if requested by the customer. (It takes three glasses of water to provide one glass of drinking water: one to make the ice, one to fill the glass and one to wash the glass.)

All urban water suppliers across California, like Ventura Water, will be enforcing these standards to prevent water from being knowingly wasted. Ventura’s ordinance does not have a $500 fine as a penalty but we will be rolling out a program to educate and enforce water waste prohibitions, along with other efforts to motivate our customers to save water.

These are likely to include incentive programs, drought rates and/or surcharges, as well as community outdoor watering schedules, which will be the purview of the Water Task Force, whose first public meeting will hopefully be in August.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to attend our Drought Informational Meeting on Wednesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall. We thought that a meeting would be the best way to update customers about what’s happening, help explain what all of this looks like down the road, and to answer questions.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to save water during these dry times. For more information, visit us at www.venturawater.net.

Sincerely,

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, July 2014

READ MORE about the Water Task Force at CityofVentura.net

10 Water Saving Tips

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10 Water Saving Tips From Save Our Water

1.  Take shorter showers.
2.  Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth.
3.  Water your lawn only when it needs it.
4. Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks.
5.  Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water driveways and sidewalks.
6.  Only wash full loads of laundry.
7.  Run the dishwaster only when full.
8.  Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
9.  Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
10.  Plant California-friendly trees and plants.
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SAVE OUR WATER’S “Sprinklers 101” web resource designed to help YOU save water and money!

SaveourWaterSAVE OUR WATER, created in 2009 by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), has educated consumers on the many different ways indoor and outdoor household water usage can be reduced.

Fifty percent of residential water usage goes to lawn and outdoor landscaping.  So, this past May,  SAVE OUR WATER unveiled the NEW web-based resource,  Sprinklers 101, providing all types of online tools and information about water-efficient residential irrigation. Check it out!

Visit:  Saveourh20.org!

Ventura Water partners with NEVER WASTE Campaign Promoting Water Conservation

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Ventura Water’s involvement with the Never Waste Campaign kicks off in March 2013. This segment of Sustainable Ventura show from March 2013, talks with Ventura Water’s Management Analyst Nancy Broschart about the program aimed at saving one of our precious natural resourcesWATER.

The Sustainable Ventura TV Series (March 2013 show), visits with Ventura Water to talk about water stewardship, conservation and Ocean Friendly Gardens, as well as the March 19, 2013 kick-off party and launch of the second annual WaterTake 1 Online Short Film Contest, the Never Waste Campaign, and FREE stand-alone Educational Outreach Presentations available to local schools and businesses within the City of Ventura.

Sustainable Ventura, hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

Visit: http://WaterTake1.com
Also visit: http://VenturaWater.net, http://VenturaWater.org and http://SustainableVentura.TV

Know How To Locate Your Home’s Water Meter & Water Shut Off Valve

 

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Ventura Water’s Water Distribution Operator Steven Kadowaki shows you how to locate your home’s water meter & water shut off valve in this segment of “Sustainable Ventura” (March 2013).

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The Sustainable Ventura TV Series (March 2013 show), visits with Ventura Water to talk about water stewardship, conservation and Ocean Friendly Gardens, as well as the March 19, 2013 kick-off party and launch of the second annual WaterTake 1 Online Short Film Contest, the Never Waste Campaign, and FREE stand-alone Educational Outreach Presentations available to local schools and businesses within the City of Ventura.

Sustainable Ventura, hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

Visit: http://WaterTake1.com
Also visit: http://VenturaWater.net, http://VenturaWater.org and http://SustainableVentura.TV

Spring Forward on March 10, 2013 Ventura! Reset Your Clock and Your Sprinklers

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On Sunday, March 10, 2013, we “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time, so move your clocks ahead one hour.  This is also a good time to check your landscape irrigation watering system for leaks.  Check to make sure it is set according to local standards.  CLICK HERE to find the Watering Guide for the City of Ventura.

When the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, it’s important to take advantage of the lower evaporation rates by watering early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.  When you water during the cooler parts of the day, it’s better for your landscape and you can save up to 25 gallons each time you water.

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Click here for more information from Save Our Water!