Ventura Water’s COOL Summer events & programs: Capture Conservation, Mobile Reuse & Water Wise Incentives

Check out Ventura Water’s SUMMER 2016 events & incentives!  Click on Images to find out more or visit: http://venturawater.net

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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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KCLU receives six Golden Mike awards for news coverage

KCLUFrom the Ventura County Star

KCLU has won six Golden Mike awards, honoring the National Public Radio station for its news coverage.

The station received Best Radio Spot News Coverage for “Mudslides Hit Camarillo Springs”; Best Radio Use of Sound for “Sounding The Horn For Train Safety,” which examined local fatal train collisions; and Best Radio Sports Reporting, about the Cowboys and Rams football teams training in Ventura County.

The station, which is based in Thousand Oaks, competed in Division B, the category for stations with five or fewer news staff members. KCLU received the awards at ceremony hosted by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California at the Universal Hilton in Universal City. Participants included stations from San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border.

News director Lance Orozco also won top honors for Best Radio Business and Consumer Reporting.  READ MORE in VENTURA COUNTY STAR.

You’re Invited to Water: Take 1’s Cocktail Reception WATCH. COLLABORATE. SUSTAIN. October 14 with RSVP!

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Water: Take 1’s Cocktail Reception for

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October 14, 2015

RSVP required

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CLICK HERE TO RSVP at EVENT BRITE FOR FREE!

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

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

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  • 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 www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Send documents one of the following ways:

For more information, visit http://www.cityofventura.net/waterwise/incentiveprogram or call (866) 983-9232.

Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song? Campaign to Save Water

Shower Cling EditFinalSustainable Ventura News talks to Ventura Water GM Shana Epstein about the “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign.

From June 18 through August 31, 2015 Ventura Water partners with several local radio stations to inspire residents to keep the shower water flow to a minimum, or at least to the length of a favorite shower song with the “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign. The campaign for Ventura was born out of the State’s “Save Our Water” shower song promotional materials.

For more information, visit: VenturaWater.net and VenturaWater.org

LIKE and FOLLOW Ventura Water on Facebook: facebook.com/venturawater

Visit: SustainableVentura.TV

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Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and 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.

Ventura City Council Declares Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency

WaterShortageLast week, the City Council declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency as our local water supplies continue to drop during the third year of California’s historic drought.

To achieve a 20 percent water-use reduction goal as mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board, Ventura Water customers are now required to limit outdoor watering through a sprinkler irrigation system to two days a week (Sunday through the following Saturday.)  In addition, residents may not water between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. as water evaporates more quickly during the warmer part of the day.

Other prohibitions remain in place:

  • Sprinklers or irrigation water that sprays or runs onto sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Leaking irrigation systems or broken sprinklers that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery
  • Using a hose to wash a driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface
  • Washing a car without a shutoff nozzle on the hose
  • Serving water at a restaurant without being requested by the customer

“Our community has historically been very responsive during drought cycles and we are confident that Ventura residents will continue to work together successfully to save water during this emergency,” said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann.

The newest restrictions follow the recommendations of the city’s Water Shortage Task Force, which has been conducting public meetings since August to consider conservation options and help Ventura meet state water-use reduction requirements. The City Council also confirmed the Task Force’s preference to retain the current penalty structure for noncompliance of the water prohibitions as well as violations of the new outdoor watering limits.   An educational notice and letter will be presented to customers for the first offense, to ensure understanding of the requirements and prohibitions.   A violation letter will be issued for the second offense with a $25 fine on the water bill for the third offense.  The fourth offense will result in a $50 fine for most customers.  In all cases, fines are capped at $500.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/shortage.

Water Efficient Practices Encouraged in the city of Ventura

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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2014
Contact: Nancy Broschart, 805-223-4378
Lysa Urban, 805-677-3914

Water Efficient Practices Encouraged in the city of Ventura

The warm, dry summer in Ventura has resulted in dwindling local water supplies and Ventura Water is encouraging customers to increase efforts to stop water waste and use water wisely in all ways. In response to State regulations adopted this summer requiring water providers to enforce water waste restrictions, Ventura Water is launching an educational phase to help customers learn how to avoid wasteful water activities. As specified in the City’s existing municipal code, the following are prohibited:

  • Sprinklers that spray pavement, such as sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Irrigation water that runs onto pavement, such as sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Leaking irrigation systems or broken sprinklers that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery
  • Using a hose to wash a driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface
  • Washing a car without a shutoff nozzle on the hose
  • Serving water at a restaurant without being requested by the customer

“Ventura, as a steward of our local water sources, has always responded to the call to save water during drought cycles,” said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann. “Even during unusually warm weather, Ventura was able to reduce water use by about 10% in August compared to last year, but we need to continue to work together to reach greater water savings to help stretch our local water supplies.”

Residents are asked to be diligent about watching for and repairing leaks to curb water waste. Please talk directly to neighbors or business owners if leaks are identified so repairs can be made quickly. Many people are especially unaware of irrigation problems as systems generally run early in the morning. Alternatively, leaks or water waste activities can be reported online at www.cityofventura.net/water/reportwaterwaste or by contacting Ventura Water Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500.

To help residential customers find ways to save water, both indoor and outdoors, Ventura Water is now offering free hour-long water surveys. During your appointment, a Water Conservation Specialist will review your water bill with you, teach you how to read a water meter, determine if there is any indoor or outdoor water waste, and share water saving techniques. To schedule a water survey, please contact Ventura Water Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500.

Ventura Water customers are also invited to sign-up for our popular Water Wise classes to learn more about how to use water efficiently outdoors. To register for any of the following classes, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape.

Rainwater Harvesting & Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater – Saturday, September 20 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Install a rain barrel, redirect your downspout into your new rain garden, install a laundry-to-landscape system and maintain them all properly.

Composting and Urban Soils – Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: Cornucopia Gardens (Telephone Road & Ramelli Avenue)
Create healthy backyard mulch, use compost and worm castings from your food and yard waste to conserve water, reduce pesticides and revive urban soil.

Turf Replacement with Water Wise Plants – Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Remove turf naturally, replace it with native or climate-appropriate plants, convert pop-up spray irrigation to drip irrigation, and re-wild your garden habitats to bring back birds, bees and butterflies.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/shortage.

This release can be found on the City of Ventura’s website at www.cityofventura.net. ###