Water 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.
Ventura 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.
From Ventura Water’s Pipeline Newsletter, February 2016