Water Wise Incentive 2.0 Program — Save Money & Water with Turf Rebates

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Remove Your Turf with Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Program 2.0. It’s simple! Here’s how. WATCH this Sustainable Ventura News Video and find out more at: http://venturawater.net

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Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online (SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura News at http://vcstar.com) also WATCH on the NEWS and LIFESTYLE pages and in the VC STYLE COLUMN at: http://vcstyle.blogs.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.

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Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers = SMART & Water Wise Yard Maintenance

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!

Are you a City of Ventura resident interested in awesome rebates offered with the Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program, visit:  VenturaWater.net and removeyourturf.com

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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.

 

Don’t Wait to UPDATE your landscape!

Why wait to update your landscape?  Take advantage of available funds while you can!ww2-0

We invite you to participate in the City of Ventura’s Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program. Remove your turf and receive $2 per square foot, up to 1,600 square feet for residential properties (for a max of $3,200) and up to 3,200 square feet for commercial/multi-family properties (for a max of $6,400). Funds are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis! If you are having trouble moving forward with your project, Ventura Water is here to help. Follow these five easy steps to get started:

  1. Go to www.removeyourturf.com and click “Apply Online Now” to set up an account.
  2. Provide a water bill.
  3. Include photos of your landscape and irrigation system.
  4. Draw a site plan (see below or click here to view).
  5. Provide list of new plants (see below or click here to view).

Don’t get too caught up in the details. Designing a plan for your yard can be quick and easy! We are able to connect you with a landscape professional and also encourage do-it-yourself landscape projects! Resources are available for those of you looking to DIY. Site plans can be self-generated and plant lists can be simple.

Visit www.venturacountygardening.com for ideas and examples. Make sure to review the incentive program terms and conditions. For more information on native and climate-appropriate plants for Ventura, visit www.venturacountygardening.com or click here.

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From Ventura Water’s December 2017 Pipeline Newsletter

RSVP Today for the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Sat. Nov 19, 2016 – Right Plant. Right Place.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. To 11:30 a.m., the City hosts the FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, “California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place.” at the Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 San Jon Road, Ventura.  RSVP FOR YOUR SEAT: http://bit.ly/2fILmti

A Ventura Local shares his experience with the Water Wise 2.0 Program

 

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Jim Ackerman, a Ventura local, talks about changing out his traditional lawn for a more water wise landscape with Ventura Water’s WaterWise 2.0 Program!

Jim’s lawn BEFORE: jimbefore

Jim’s lawn AFTER:

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WATCH the Sustainable Ventura News Segment:

For more information on changing out YOUR LAWN, visit:  VenturaWater.net (and click on the Water Wise Program icon!)

Water saving tools that REFRESH Drought Fatigue!

 

Find out about Ventura Water’s New Water-Saving Programs & Tools in this Sustainable Ventura News segment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2016

Water Saving Tools  To Help Reduce Drought Fatigue

Ventura Water Offers Three New Water Saving Programs

News of the California drought is everywhere. We’re in a water crisis and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. There’s no doubt about it, we have to start rethinking how we use water. It’s a fact that as much as 30% of the water we use goes to outdoor use, and changing out your lawn for an ocean friendly or native garden can help you save water and save money on your water bill. However, are you overwhelmed when you think about the idea of taking out your lawn for a native landscape? Do you like your greenscape and are perplexed how, if you remove your turf, you can keep the color and beauty in your yard? Are you daunted at the idea of planting native plants when you know absolutely nothing about them?

This summer into fall, Ventura Water launches three new water saving programs:

Residential Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program – June 2016

Ventura Water announces the grand opening of the Residential Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program. Residents interested in participating, are required to pay a fee and be trained in order to fill up their containers with high-quality recycled water to be used in landscapes vs. having to use their potable water. Training sessions will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF), 1400 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. Contact the VWRF to sign up at 805-677-4131.

Capture Conservation – July 2016

What inspires you to reduce your water footprint? Capture it with your camera! Whether it’s a fancy rainwater harvesting system, a simple reusable water bottle, or a beautiful beach scene that reminds you of why it’s important to preserve our natural environment.

In July 2016, Ventura Water launches Capture Conservation, a local photo contest that offers residents who have battled to conserve during the drought an opportunity to capture what they’ve done in a photo and be entered to win some really cool prizes! Be on the lookout in Ventura Water’s monthly newsletter, Pipeline for details. Sign up to receive Pipeline, here.

WaterWise 2.0 Turf Replacement Program – September 2016

Thinking of taking out your lawn to put in an Ocean Friendly or native garden? Planning to change out your irrigation system? Before you do, check out Ventura Water’s WaterWise 2.0 Turf Replacement Program. On the heels of last year’s WaterWise Turf Replacement Program, Ventura Water launches WaterWise 2.0 in July. This new program offers additional ways to save water, which includes everything from turf replacement to free sprinkler nozzles and smart irrigation timers. Interested parties must qualify for the program and more information will be forthcoming shortly. Stay tuned and find out more at VenturaWater.net.

For more information on these water saving tools, visit: VenturaWater.net

Register Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes for 2016

Ventura’s Water Wise Garden Series of classes kicks off next month for another successful year. Sign-up now for FREE Saturday morning Water Wise classes through November. All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. These classes are practical and waterwise-logooffer hands-on fun. They educate residents about efficient ways to use water in your landscape, ways to use beautiful native plants and how to protect our local water quality. Help Ventura become the most water-efficient community in California by learning more about these drought-busting topics:

March 26: Permaculture Design ~ Permaculture is a philosophy of working with nature rather than against it.  Join local permaculturist Eric Werbalowsky to learn how to include permaculture design elements in your garden. This class will be held at the Avenue Adult Center, 550 No. Ventura Ave.

April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils ~ Healthy soil and compost help to retain water and suppress weeds, and can even act as a carbon sink. There are more than a billion living critters in just one teaspoon of living, healthy soil. This class will be held at Cornucopia Gardens on Telegraph Road between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue.

June 4: Designing & Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden ~ Are you overwhelmed with the idea of designing a water wise garden? Learn how to incorporate principles of design such as unity, line, form, texture, color, scale and balance. Join Cari Vega, a local landscape designer, for this class at the city’s Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.

Sept 24: Water Wise Watering ~ Terrified of your timer? Dumbfounded with drip? Come learn from the experts from Ewing, Toro and Aquaflo to find out how to water efficiently. This class will be held at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.

Oct 22: Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design ~ Ocean Friendly Gardens conserve water and habitat, increase permeability to slow water down, and retain water for reuse. Integrating greywater and rainwater harvesting can maximize your water supply on-site. Class location TBD.

Nov 19: California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place ~ There are only five places on Earth that host the biodiversity of Mediterranean climates, and Ventura is one of those locations. Learn about which plants thrive here and how to choose the right plant for the right place. The class location is TBD.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/waterwise or call 652-4501.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2016

Call for Conservation Continues

RainorShineWater conservation efforts don’t get a break just because it’s wintertime (even though with the recent unseasonable heat wave you’d never know it)! We still face a fifth year of drought!

In fact, earlier this month, California water regulators voted to extend Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency conservation measures that were adopted last spring, through October 2016.

This coming April, when the California snowpack is typically at its highest level, state officials will revisit the conservation plan. We also should know later this spring to what extent our local conservation efforts need to continue.

(See the State’s extended emergency regulation details here.)

The improved snowpack picture does not help Ventura, which relies on 100 percent local sources for water. Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent.

Ventura has started 2016 off by falling short of our conservation mandate for the month of January. In January, Ventura Water customers conserved 15.57 percent. Let’s continue to strive to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit, and reach that 20 percent mark each month.

Here are some ways to make that happen in wintertime. More tips can be 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.
  • Do not water 48 hours before or after a measurable rain event.
  • 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.
  • Buy a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff. Use this water for potted plants or to wash 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 and here for a copy of the voucher.

 

RainBarrelVouchersmithpipeVentura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site commercial and residential water surveys to help our customers save water. Use the New Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently.  Learn more by clicking here. Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline Newsletter, February 2016