Ventura Water’s NEW Water Wise Incentive Program Saves You Money and Helps Preserve the Environment

Water Wise Incentive Programlogo1280x720-01

Ventura Water to launch incentive program Summer 2015

40 to 60% of average monthly water use in Ventura is used outdoor, and nearly half of that is wasted due to inefficient watering methods and faulty irrigation systems. It’s been proven however, that upgrading an outdoor irrigation system can help to save as much as 30% of the water from conventional systems.

With those figures in mind, on March 9, 2015, Ventura’s City Council approved Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Plan.  The program, which launched July 1, will help customers offset costs for changing out their traditional green for more appropriate, water wise gardens and more efficient irrigation systems.

“We hope this program will help to motivate customers,” said Jill Santos, City of Ventura Environmental Specialist.  “Even if a property owner has already switched out their landscaping, they still may qualify for other incentives, like rainwater harvesting or a weather-based irrigation timer.”

City residents are encouraged visit: cityofventura.net/waterwise, for more information and to apply  for the incentives.  Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

“Any one who is a Ventura Water customer with an account with the City can apply.  Afterwards, staff will verify the property’s square footage, existing irrigation system and landscape type.”

Projects will have 120 days to complete their project.  Depending upon the size of their lawn, applicants will be eligible to receive up to $1600.  An additional $300 may also be available to upgrade a homeowner’s current irrigation converting it to a drip irrigation system, or remove in entirely to install rainwater harvesting equipment.

“Unfortunately, projects already completed cannot be retroactively reimbursed,” said Santos.  “However, projects that have already been started and are not completed may still qualify for other incentives. No rebates will be issued until all of the documentation has been received.  To apply visit:  cityofventura.net/waterwise/incentiveprogram

Other Helpful Information & Links

If you are a Ventura Water customer and would like to have “Water Wise House Call” for your property and have a Ventura Water representative comes to your home or business to assess indoor and outdoor water usage and make water efficient recommendations, please call: (805) 667-6500 to set up an appointment.

To find out about financing programs that help off-set energy and water investments via your property tax, visit: the HERO Program.

For design ideas, a helpful irrigation scheduling tool and plants lists, go to www.venturacountygardening.com

APPLY NOW for REBATES to remove your turf and for water efficient devices : http://removeyourturf.com/

READ ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN VENTURA COUNTY STAR

Call For Water Conservation Continues

Water conservation efforts don’t get a break just because it’s wintertime!SavingWater

This month’s unseasonably warm temperatures all around Southern California mean more trouble for the drought, which is entering its fourth year. Despite the storms in December, January was pretty dry, and it’s usually the wettest month of the year. February is no better. Warm weather has also held down the California snowpack needed to feed streams and rivers, leading to new forecasts that dry conditions will persist this year. Click here to read a recent newspaper article about a pair of new drought forecasts from two federal agencies.

As you know, the city of Ventura last September declared a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring Ventura Water customers to cut their water use by 20 percent. While water use levels have fallen, they haven’t fallen nearly enough.

Ventura Water customers reduced their water consumption by 7.05 percent in 2014 compared to 2013– nowhere near the mandatory 20 percent. See the full 2013/2014 water usage report here.

A better measure of how Ventura Water customers are doing on conservation is to compare this year’s water usage levels so far to those in 2013- before water conservation measures were requested and later, required. (Remember, the Ventura City Council first called for voluntary conservation in February 2014.)

Comparing January 2015 to the month of January 2013, water use declined by only 4.22 percent.

Let’s strive to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit for everyone! Here are some ways to make that happen in wintertime. More tips can he 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 which reportedly reduce water use by 30 percent.
  • 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.
  • Replace older 3.5 gallons-per-flush toilets with newer 1.3 gpf models, which can save an average of 10 gallons per day.
  • Buy a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff. You can use this water for potted plants or to wash your car. Ventura Water and the city of Ventura offer residents a half-price discount for 60-gallon rain barrels. Get your vouchers by clicking here.VoucherFrom Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2015