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The 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Film Contest Awards takes place on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Brooks Institute in Ventura, Ca.  The event is FREE with RSVP and will commence with a cocktail reception followed by a screening of the 9 finalist films followed by the exciting announcement of the Water: Take 1 winners.  In this PureWaterRadio podcast, Water: Take 1’s Project Coordinator, Rachael Shapiro talks to host Maryann Ridini Spencer about the awards and the upcoming event.

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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

Schedule a FREE Tour of the New VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility Today!

VwaterpureLearn how advanced water purification technology is part of Ventura Water’s sustainable future!

The public is invited to sign up for a free, in-depth tour of Ventura’s new VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility. Tours are held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for up to 20 people per tour.

We will also accommodate private groups interested in weekday tours with advanced notice. Please let us know when YOU want a tour! This tour offers a great opportunity for science teachers to bring students on a field trip, for club members to learn something new, and for environmental groups, non-profits, public works employees and others to learn about innovative potable reuse purification technologies.

Please sign up for a tour by clicking here or call (805) 677-4131.

VenturaWaterPure is a pilot project for the City of Ventura, which is investing in safe and sustainable ways to meet long-term water supply demands by expanding the use of recycled water. Ventura currently provides recycled water from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to two golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Drive areas. Adding “potable reuse” purification technologies at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility will extend Ventura’s use of local water sources – a proven, drought–resistant, locally developed and reliable way to be smart about water use!

Learn more about water re-use in Ventura here.

Ventura Water Announces VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility – SIGN UP FOR A FREE TOUR

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Ventura Water unveiled its new VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility to distinguished guests on July 16 and opened the facility for regular public tours beginning on Saturday, July 18.

Ventura Water invites all members of the public to sign up for an in-depth tour of the Potable Reuse demonstration facility. Tours are every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. and are limited to 20 people per tour. Private groups interested in weekday tours can also be accommodated with advanced notice. Please sign up before noon of the Friday before the tour by clicking here or call (805) 677-4131.

VenturaWaterPure is a pilot project for the City of Ventura, which is investing in safe and sustainable ways to meet long-term water supply demands by increasing the use of recycled water. Ventura currently provides recycled water from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to two golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Drive areas. Adding “potable reuse” purification technologies at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility will extend Ventura’s use of local water sources – a proven, drought–resistant, locally developed and reliable way to be smart about water use!

There are many benefits of potable reuse in Ventura:

•          Locally controlled, reliable water supply
•          A sufficient supply to support the economy
•          A high-quality water supply
•          Reducing wastewater discharge
•          Seawater intrusion protection
•          A more diversified water supply portfolio
•          Increased water supply at a lower cost than imported water
•          Reduced impact on groundwater and river sources

Ventura Water is far from the only water agency in California seeking ways to improve water supply by leveraging wastewater resources. The multi-barrier water purification process has already been successfully used by San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Ventura Water has been investigating options for additional water reuse for many years as well. Studies have shown that potable reuse will have the largest benefit for Ventura. Ventura Water has chosen to partake in a nationwide study that evaluates blending options with other water resources prior to the delivery of drinking water to customers. Benefits in exploring this option include achieving a more diversified and sustainable water supply; improving water quality by blending ultra-pure water with high mineral content groundwater sources; and complying with the Santa Clara River Estuary Consent Decree because potable reuse enables the city to reduce the amount of treated wastewater discharged to the estuary.

For more tour information, click here.

Learn more about water re-use in Ventura here.

Left to Right: Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins, Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein and Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann attend the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on July 16 for the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility.

Left to Right: Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins, Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein and Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann attend the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on July 16 for the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility.

From Ventura Water’s July 2015 Pipeline