El Niño A No-Show? Keep Conserving!

KeepSavingWith California facing a fifth year of drought, our successful water conservation efforts need to continue! Ventura Water customers have excelled in conservation and we know you can keep it up!

Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. In addition, California water regulators voted earlier this year to extend Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency conservation measures, through October 2016.

In January, Ventura Water customers conserved 16 percent. In February, our customers conserved 13 percent.

Many are drought fatigued and as much as we hate to sound like a broken record – or a dripping faucet – it bears repeating: Ventura, we must continue to conserve water even during winter and springtime when Ventura has had some rain and it’s cooler out.

Thank you in advance for your continued efforts to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit.

Have questions about your water bill?  Ventura Water offers free on-site water conservation surveys to commercial and residential water customers to equip them to be more water efficient.  Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

Use the Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently at www.venturacountygardening.com/calc/.  Learn more by clicking here.

From Ventura Water’s PIPELINE, March 2016

Call for Conservation Continues

RainorShineWater conservation efforts don’t get a break just because it’s wintertime (even though with the recent unseasonable heat wave you’d never know it)! We still face a fifth year of drought!

In fact, earlier this month, California water regulators voted to extend Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency conservation measures that were adopted last spring, through October 2016.

This coming April, when the California snowpack is typically at its highest level, state officials will revisit the conservation plan. We also should know later this spring to what extent our local conservation efforts need to continue.

(See the State’s extended emergency regulation details here.)

The improved snowpack picture does not help Ventura, which relies on 100 percent local sources for water. Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Ventura has started 2016 off by falling short of our conservation mandate for the month of January. In January, Ventura Water customers conserved 15.57 percent. Let’s continue to strive to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit, and reach that 20 percent mark each month.

Here are some ways to make that happen in wintertime. More tips can be 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.
  • Do not water 48 hours before or after a measurable rain event.
  • 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.
  • Buy a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff. Use this water for potted plants or to wash your car, grill or windows. Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in cooperation with Smith Pipe & Supply, are pleased to offer Ventura residents a Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel at the discounted price of $45 plus tax ($92 retail value). Present this voucher at Smith Pipe & Supply, 3060 Sherwin Ave. in Ventura to receive the discount on up to two rain barrels per customer or residential address. Please bring proof of your City of Ventura residency, such as your Ventura Water or other utility bill. These rain barrels are for non-potable water use only and the program is subject to availability. Click here to learn more and here for a copy of the voucher.

 

RainBarrelVouchersmithpipeVentura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site commercial and 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 myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline Newsletter, February 2016

Capture El Niño Rains with a Rain Barrel or Cistern

CaptureRainWith heavy rains predicted through spring, plan to capture some of that rainwater by investing in a rain barrel or cistern! You can use your harvested rainwater for many non-potable household water demands like watering potted plants and washing your car, grill or windows.

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in cooperation with Smith Pipe & Supply, are pleased to offer Ventura residents a Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel at the discounted price of $45 plus tax ($92 retail value). Present this voucher at Smith Pipe & Supply, 3060 Sherwin Ave. in Ventura to receive the discount on up to two rain barrels per customer or residential address. Please bring proof of your City of Ventura residency, such as your Ventura Water or other utility bill. These rain barrels are for non-potable water use only and the program is subject to availability. Click here to learn more, or to download the voucher, click here.

Click here to learn more about rainwater harvesting.

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2016

Customer Water Use Misses City’s Reduction Target in November

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Ventura Water Customers
Conserved 14.5 Percent

New figures show that customer water use last month was down 14.53 percent compared to November 2013 – but the good news is our cumulative average for the year remains an impressive 22.64 percent, which exceeds our 20 percent mandatory water conservation target!

We acknowledge that it is more difficult to conserve water during the winter months, and we applaud our customers for accomplishing the incredible conservation reductions through the dry, hot summer months when it counted the most!

We encourage all our customers to keep conserving! With one month left in the year, we are on track to exceed the 20 percent reduction goal for 2015. Thank you for your continued commitment and responsiveness during this unprecedented fourth year of drought. December figures will be available in early January 2016.

Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. (See the details here.)

Ventura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site commercial and 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 myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, December 2015

Film Submission Deadline is Dec. 14 for Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest

watertake12015If you’re planning to enter a film in Ventura Water’s 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest, get your camera rolling – the film  submission deadline is Dec. 14!

Water: Take 1 aims to elevate the value of water and create awareness of water as a valuable resource by inviting filmmakers locally and worldwide to submit short films of five minutes or less in any genre – drama, documentary, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental – addressing the topic of water. The contest theme this year is, “Watch. Collaborate. Sustain.”

Awards include the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the general public; the award for Best Student Film, chosen by a jury of entertainment and water industry experts; the Grand Prize, a $1,500 prize presented by Ventura Water; and the Ventura Vision Award, which recognizes films shot in and around the City of Ventura. This year, there also will be a Santa Monica Vision Award for films shot in and around the City of Santa Monica, Water: Take 1’s new partner city.

Anyone can participate in the contest by voting online for their favorite film and awarding the Audience Choice Award. The deadline for film submissions is Dec. 14, 2015 with voting for the Audience Choice Award open through Jan. 15, 2016. The winning films will be presented at an Awards Celebration in March of 2016 at the Downtown Ventura Century 10 Movie Theater. Check your Pipeline for updates or visit www.watertake1.com to learn more and cast your vote.  

From Ventura Water’s November 2015 Pipeline

Customer Water Use Exceeds Reduction Target in October

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Read the LA Times article detailing our success

Congratulations to our customers for another successful month conserving water!

New figures show that customer water use last month was down 25.2 percent compared to October 2013, exceeding the city’s 20 percent conservation target for the sixth consecutive month this year. Water use in October was almost identical to our customers’ overall water use the previous month of September 2015. The positive numbers demonstrate again that Ventura Water customers are committed to meeting the challenges of conserving water and are making their new water-wise habits a lifestyle!

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In fact, Ventura Water and our customers were complemented for our conservation successes in an article the Los Angeles Times published on Nov. 14 titled, “How did some of California’s biggest water savers cut even more? By getting creative.” The LA Times article discussed our successful efforts to boost water conservation by tackling the issue on a number of fronts, including our popular “Dirty Car” and “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song” campaigns, our use of social media and radio, our innovative Water: Take 1 short film contest, and by joining forces with supportive local businesses, among other efforts. (Read the LA Times article here.)

Remember: Ventura declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. (See the details here.)

Ventura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site commercial and 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 myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, November 2015

VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Facility Helps Deal with Drought, says Rep. Brownley

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Gina Dorrington, Ventura Water’s Wastewater Utility Manager (right), demonstrates features of the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility to Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann (left) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (middle).

Congresswoman Julia Brownley toured the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility on Oct. 15 and came away impressed by the project’s potential to help communities cope with the current and future droughts.

“I think this research not only can benefit Ventura residents, it also can be put in place across the country,” said Brownley, who represents the 26th District in the U.S. Congress. Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann joined the congresswoman on the tour.

VenturaWaterPure’s goal is to meet long-term water supply demands by expanding the use of recycled water through a direct filtration process at its Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility. Ventura currently provides recycled water to the Buenaventura and Olivas Park golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Park Drive areas.

Brownley said she would take what she learned from the tour back to Washington D.C. in her support of House Bill 3045, the California Water Recycling and Drought Relief Act, which would authorize and provide funding for certain recycled water projects such as VenturaWaterPure. The bill is currently assigned to a congressional committee for consideration.

Gina Dorrington, wastewater utility manager for Ventura Water, conducted the 20-minute tour which ended with Brownley and Heitmann drinking the ultra- pure water following a celebratory toast.

Brownley said, “As we look for solutions to the drought, California must embrace innovative ideas, like water reuse and recycling, which are playing an increasing role in meeting our unprecedented water challenges.”

“We’re looking for a lot of solutions for sustainability during times of drought and this is an important part of the solution.”

The public is invited to sign up for a free tour of the facility. Tours are held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for up to 20 people per tour. Sign up by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/sustainable-water/tour-facility or call (805) 677-4131.

Learn more about water re-use in Ventura here.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline October 2015