The 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM to Noon. The event is looking for volunteers to help pick up trash on beaches and near waterways to protect California wildlife as well as conserve the health and beauty of our environment. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Arriana Rabago shares information.
Sustainable Ventura News takes a trip to Sustainable You! Camp. The camp, held each summer at University of California Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s (HAREC) 4-H Sustainable You Camp teaches children ages 9-12 about what it means to be sustainable through fun activities based around the five major themes: Land, Water, Food, Air, and Energy.
City of Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko invites all City of Ventura residents to make their “pledge” to enter the 2017 Mayor’s Challenge to win prizes and to help make the City of Ventura the MOST WATER WISE City in the United States. Pledge to conserve water and energy April 1-30, 2017! It’s as easy as 1-2-3. In 2016, the City of Ventura Placed #1 and we want to hold that position. PLEDGE at MyWaterPledge.com WATCH this VIDEO & visit: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/mayorschallenge
Do you know the difference between a traditional Irrigation Controller vs. a Weather-Based Irrigation Controller? There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE. WATCH this “Sustainable Ventura News” segment to find out how you can conserve as much as 13,500 gallons of water per year per household!
Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online on the NEWS & LIFESTYLE pages (and also SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura” or “Maryann Ridini Spencer” at http://vcstar.com)
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.
Make an appointment with a Ventura Water Conservation Specialistto visit your home. The consult is FREE and you’ll learn how to locateand read your water meter, understand your water bill, assess your water usage and find ways to save & more, visit: cityofventura.net/water/waterconservationsurvey
With 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.
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 aimedat 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.
“Whether its drought conditions in the West or the high costs of energy related to water use in the East, saving water has become one of the most talked about issues facing the nation today,” said Wyland, artist and president of the Wyland Foundation. “This gives city leaders a way to supplement their awareness efforts in a friendly, spirited way.”
Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch, and WaterSmart Software, mayors nationwide are encouraged to challenge their residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April.
To participate, residents enter the name of their city at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of their city. 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.
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.
With 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!
Reminder to all Ventura Water customers: Please do not water 48 hours before and after a measurable rain event, and also don’t forget to shut off your irrigation controllers during rain events too! The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an expanded emergency regulation as California faces a fifth year of historic drought, and watering during or with 48 hours after a rain event is among the new prohibitions. Prohibited water use in California:
Washing down sidewalks and driveways
Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff
Washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose has a shut-off nozzle
Operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system
Irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours before and after measurable precipitation
The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments
Limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water to no more than two days per week between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.
Operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily
READ MORE in Ventura Water’s Pipeline for January 2016, CLICK HERE.