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Cities nationwide to compete to see who can be most “water wise” 


With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year, mayors across the nation will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by participating in a national contest aimed  at drastically slashing water and energy use across the country- and in return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-in , water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.

In addition to helping the environment, the mayors earn bragging rights about winning the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit competition, April 1-30, to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy to use online pages to reduce water and energy usage.

How City of Ventura Residents Can Participate


1.  Go to

2. CLICK ON the Home Page link and Pledge either with your Facebook Account or Email address

3. TYPE in the name of your city — Ventura, Ca & PLEDGE

Cities compete in the following population categories: (5,000 – 29,999 residents, 30,000 – 99,999 residents, 100,000 – 299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents).  Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are deemed the winner.  Residents from those cities are entered to win an array of environmentally positive prizes.

For more information & Water Tips, visit the City’s Website: CLICK HERE.

Third Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Announces Winners


Behind-the-Scenes at the Water: Take 1 Awards:  Watch Sustainable Ventura News

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2015
Craig Jones, 805-223-4378
Shana Epstein, 805-652-4503
Contest Info: Rachael Shapiro, 310-991-9568

Ventura Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Announces Winners — Community attends free Awards Ceremony in honor of World Water Day

In celebration of World Water Day, Ventura Water announced the winners of its 3rd Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest at a free community event held March 19th at the Century 10 Downtown movie theatre. The top 9 water-focused finalist films were presented, followed by the winners of the Audience Choice Award, the Award for Best Student Film, the Grand Jury Prize and the Ventura Vision Award.

Selected from among the 51 films entered from around the globe, the winners are:

  • The Audience Choice Award, selected online by the public, was given to Jake Raimer, from New Jersey, for his film Protecting our Water: Stormwater Management. Curtis Hopkins, President of Hopkins Groundwater, who co-sponsors this award with Brown and Caldwell, presented the prize, an iPad 2.
  • The Award for Best Student Short Film, chosen by our jury of entertainment and water industry experts, was given to Sean Cruse, from Indiana, for his film Refresh. Sean wins a GoPro camera and was awarded the prize by Lydia Holmes of Carollo Engineers.
  • The Jury awarded Grand Prize was given to Ben Mills, of the UK, for his film Blue Sky, Inc. This award – $1500 – is presented by Ventura Water.
  • The Ventura Vision Award, was given in person to Randy Smith, from Culver City California, for his film Submerged Forest. Akemi Shapiro, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, who sponsors this award, was the presenter. This award recognizes films shot in and around the city of Ventura and the winner will be showcased on an upcoming segment of the CAPS TV show “Sustainable Ventura.”

“California is in a drought and Ventura currently relies on all local water sources,” said Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann. “We must conserve and preserve our resources. This contest focuses attention not only to the current water crisis, but how we have to change our thinking about water in order for our community to continue to be sustainable and thrive.”

Heading into its fourth year, the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest aims to elevate the value of water by inviting filmmakers from across the globe to submit short films less than five minutes, in any genre (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, or sci-fi) that address the topic of water. The next contest will kick off this fall. All film entries are available for viewing at

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Happy Holidays to Our Customers: Ventura Water Holiday Hours


While Ventura Water will be operating with essential staff during the City’s winter shutdown, Customer Care will be available at (805) 667-6500 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to assist customers. However, please note that Customer Care will be closed on Dec. 25 (Christmas), Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day). Normal operations will resume Jan. 5. The best of the season to you!

Customer Care
Winter Holiday Schedule

  • Dec. 24 – Open
  • Dec. 25 – Closed (Christmas)
  • Dec. 26 – Closed
  • Dec. 29 – Open
  • Dec. 30 – Open
  • Dec. 31 – Open
  • Jan. 1, 2015 – Closed (New Year’s Day)
  • Jan. 2, 2015 – Open

What is a drought tolerant garden?

A drought tolerant garden is filled with plants that thrive on rainfall alone.  When drought tolerant, climate appropriate plants are grouped properly together in a garden landscape according to soil, water and sunlight needs, they are able to flourish only with what nature provides.   Since the Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American household uses 320 gallons of water per day, 30% of which is devoted to outdoor use (and of that figure used outdoors, as much as 50%  is wasted by inefficient watering methods and systems), and the fact that California is in drought conditions, it’s important to secure a plan for saving water.

There are a number of areas in California where outdoor water use is severely restricted (even not allowed!).  Why not start to plan a garden where you don’t have to irrigate and that will save you water and maintenance expenses?

Consult with a landscape professional qualified and/or certified in native (and Ocean Friendly) Gardens.  Also, plan to attend the FREE Water Wise Classes presented by Ventura Water.   Visit: for details!


Native plants in Ventura

Native plants in Ventura

SustainableVentura.TV PODCAST from the FREE Water Wise Class: Ocean Friendly Gardens


On Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 10am-11:30am, Ventura Water, Aqua-flo and Green Thumb Nursery presented the second in a series of six Water Wise Classes.  The topic for the day was “How to employ Ocean Friendly Garden principles of CPR-Conservation, Permeability and Retention.”

Ocean Friendly Gardens is a trademark of Surfrider Foundation and OFGs, as they’re also known, are beautiful, easy-t0-maintain, and serve as vehicles to assist in the prevention of stormwater pollution.


Laura Bauer,, gave a talk and presented an informative slide show that took the audience through the concepts of an Ocean Friendly Garden, how it works, as well as some examples of beautiful native plants.  SustainableVenture.TV spoke to some of the attendees.

To REGISTER for the next FREE Class on “Urban Gold” to take place Saturday, November 9, REGISTER at:






Visit Ventura Water at Storyfest, Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9am-2pm


Saturday, October 12, 2013: Children of all ages will enjoy Storyfest from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit Ventura Water’s booth at this free event featuring storytelling, book giveaways, musical activities and the special “Truckfest” – an opportunity for children to get up close and touch Ventura Water trucks and a fire engine. Location: The Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Avenue, Ventura.


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Walk With the World For Water – March 16 to 14, 2013


Water is a necessity for life.  Yet, water resources and infrastructure world-wide are facing many challenges.

World Water Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water and water resources.

The World Walks for Water and Sanitation is a global event demanding action  to address the world’s largest crisis- water and sanitation.

From March 16-24, 2013, thousands of people walk across the globe will walk together for political change.  The walk will take place around World Water Day, March 22, 2013.

Find out how YOU can organize a “Walk for Water” – Visit,


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Patagonia & Nixon’s “Come Hell or High Water” Trailer


“Come Hell or High Water” ( is a movie about Surfer Keith Malloy’s passion for bodysurfing and explores the history and the progression of the sport.  “It’s not so much riding the perfect wave, but being out in the ocean an enjoying it,” says Keith in the film which one the Best Film and Best Cinematography awards at the London Surf Film Festival (October 2011).

We all want to enjoy and to continue to enjoy our oceans, rivers, beaches and waterways.  To that end, and to share, support, and create an increased awareness regarding the sustainability of our planet,  the WaterTake 1 Online Short Film Contest was created.  So Filmmakers, get inspired!  Watch and make water videos.  Get ready to enter your short water-themed movies at  Stay tuned!

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From Why Water?

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. (source) Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old. (source) Many of these diseases are preventable. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. (source).  READ MORE.

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