Great Water Wise Gift Idea: Raised Garden Beds

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Raised garden beds that you can plant native plants and/or use to grow vegetables make great gifts for homeowners and apartment dwellers!  They control water use and reduce the need for pesticides, which means less runoff into water resources.  You can build your own, and/or purchase beds at local nurseries, garden shops, and stores like Home Depot & Lowe’s!
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FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Saturday, Oct. 10 “Composting & Healthy Soils” at Green Thumb Nursery, 10:00am

 

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Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. –  Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot ~ Healthy soil acts like a sponge, holding onto water and cleaning out pollutions. You can make your own healthy soil by adding homemade compost and mulch. Learn how! Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 Victoria Ave., Ventura.  RSVP, CLICK HERE!

Sign Up Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes this Fall & Winter

waterwiseOct. 10: Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot ~ Healthy soil acts like a sponge, holding onto water and cleaning out pollutions. You can make your own healthy soil by adding homemade compost and mulch. Learn how! Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 Victoria Ave., Ventura

Nov. 21: Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting with Eco Restoration Partners ~ Learn how to have a lush garden without using potable irrigation. Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road

Dec. 5:  Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation ~ Learn how to set your timer to meet California mandates during the drought and still keep your landscape alive. Learn what types of add-ons and devices you can use to help improve water efficiency and decrease overall need for potable irrigation water. Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road

All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Register for classes here. For more information, call 652-4501.

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Visit:  http://cityofventura.net/waterwisegardeningclasses

and http://cityofventura.net/waterwise

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, September 2015

Ventura’s Water Wise Incentive Program is Filling Up Fast – Sign Up Now!

waterwiseincentiveVentura Water is still accepting applications for the WaterWise rebate Incentive Program launched July 1. So far, 414 applicants have applied representing two-thirds of the program funds.

It’s not too late! Apply now! With the arrival of fall, now is the perfect time to replace your water-thirsty grass with a new water wise garden. Take advantage of this new program while funding is still available.

Ventura Water’s incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

Here’s how to apply:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions.
    • Apply online at www.removeyourturf.com , or
    • You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Make sure to submit an application for turf replacement and irrigation devices separately.
  • Send documents one of the following ways (if not online):

No state rebates for turf replacement: We regret to report that Ventura Water customers are NOT eligible to participate in the state of California’s 2015 Turf Replacement Program for the following reason, given to us by the state Department of Water Resources, “The City of Ventura does not qualify under the Terms and Conditions because it does offer a $2 rebate to a percentage of their customers.”

Ventura residents may qualify for the state’s toilet rebate program, however. Up to $100 will be rebated if you buy and install one qualified, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet using more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Call 844-642-7410 or click here for details about the toilet rebate program.

From Ventura Water’s September 2015 Pipeline

New Ventura Water Wise Incentive Program Continues; Sign Up Now!

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Ventura Residents May ALSO Qualify for Rebates from the State of California for Turf or Toilet Replacement

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched their new rebate Incentive Program on July 1, and applications have flooded in!

By the end of July, 52 percent of program funds were reserved for current applicants, leaving 48 percent of funds still available. In July, 327 Ventura residents applied for conservation rebates and submitted required documentation (most people applied online). Of the 327, 257 applicants were inspected, approved and served a Notice to Proceed with their projects. More applications are pending.

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this new program while funding is still available. Apply now so you can plant your new water-wise garden before winter.

Ventura Water’s incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

It’s easy to apply. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions.
    • Apply online at www.removeyourturf.com, or
    • You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Make sure to submit an application for turf replacement and irrigation devices separately.
  • Send documents one of the following ways (if not online):

YH8spQiArjfs9Zy7YNybiQrj0woTjOby-5kgeRGpgPxK15wek1YIvuFWSw-ZGMpEVk-Lqo46A75LwEIBBadirg24tLaa_Kj_D5fvpRpJzHr_OKQA31blNzl0G5MkfXhk3gc7q8obWJonL-cmzZqxQoLpm-eUfHVFtGOiN6A=s0-d-e1-ftState Rebates: Ventura residents can seek rebates from new state of California incentive programs administered by the California Department of Water Resources; this includes local residents also using Ventura’s rebate program. “Save Our Water” is a state conservation program currently offering financial incentives for turf removal and replacement, and the installation of high-efficiency toilets.

These financial incentives may be available to Ventura residents who also use Ventura Water’s Water Wise Incentive Program! Please read the FAQs at the link below to learn how the state turf rebate program works with other agency rebate programs, including Ventura’s.

  • The state’s turf replacement program has a $24 million budget expected to support converting over 10 million square feet of turf, achieving approximately 20 percent of the statewide goal of replacing 50 million square feet of turf. Up to $2 per square foot of removed-and-replaced turf will be rebated up to a total of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household.
  • The state’s toilet rebate program has a $6 million budget expected to support replacing 60,000 toilets statewide. Up to $100 will be rebated for the purchase and installation of one qualified, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet using more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

Check the website for qualifying products, terms and conditions by clicking here. Or: call 844-642-7410, or email turf@saveourwaterrebates.com or toilet@saveourwaterrebates.com.

Read the State’s turf replacement program FAQs here.

Ventura Water customers who apply for the Water Wise Incentive Program using the www.removeyourturf.com website or mail-in application will be sent a verified dollar-per-square-foot amount upon project completion, which then can be used for an application with the state’s program.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, August 2015

The New FREE Water Wise Gardening Class Schedule

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REGISTER TODAY for the NEW Water Wise Gardening Classes!  All classes are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Reserve your seat today!

August 29 – How to Successfully Complete Your Garden Retrofit in 120 Days
September 12 – Right Plant – Right Place with Nature by Design
October 10 Composting & Healthy Soils with Dr. Rot
TBD: 10/24 – Ocean Friendly Gardens – Hands-on Workshop Using Rainwater as a Resource at Juanamaria Elementary School
November 21 – Rainwater Harvesting and Laundry to Landscape Graywater reuse
December 5 – Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation

For more information, call (805) 652-4501.

All classes are held at 336 Sanjon Road – City Maintenance Yard except for the Composting Class which is held at Green Thumb Nursery on 1899 S Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA

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Also visit, cityofventura.net/waterwise

Learn How To Use the Watershed-Friendly Approach – MORE FREE CLASSES!

 

headerWaterWiseGardensLearn for FREE how to use the watershed-friendly approach in your garden.  The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays, September-October 2015, at the Ventura County Government Center.  Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and the elimination of the long-term need for irrigation.  You’ll be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!

Workshop One:  Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.Before

Workshop Two:  Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday September 26th, 9am

Workshop Three:  Designing Your Landscape, Saturday October 10th, 9am

Workshop Four:  Turf Removal, Saturday October 17th, 9am

Workshop Five:  Planting and Irrigating, Saturday October 24th, 9am

For details and registration information visit the link below and navigate to September and October to view the calendar!

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www.watershedwisetraining.com/class-calendar/

SAVE Water and Money: Ventura Water Accepting Applications for NEW Water Wise Incentive Program

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Ventura Water and the City of Ventura officially launched our new rebate Incentive Program on July 1 and applications are now being accepted.  It’s never too late to plan a beautiful, new water-wise garden!

The incentive plan focuses on more efficient irrigation devices and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.

For tips and ideas as you start designing your new landscape, visit www.venturacountygardening.com.

It’s easy to apply for the Incentive Program. Here’s how:

  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions. You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/billview.
  • Send documents one of the following ways:

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

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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

FREE Water Wise “Control Your Controllers” Workshop TOMORROW, Sat. June 6, 10-11:30am in Ventura

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FREE Water Wise Workshop TOMORROW, Saturday, June 6, 10am-11:30am at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura. “Control Your Controllers” – learn about different systems and drip irrigation options, RSVP  http://bit.ly/1BOWFo3