Register Now for FREE Gardening Classes for 2017

Sign up today for fun, hands-on gardening classes. All classes are free and held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Participants can register for the series here.

September 9: Creating a Sustainable and Balanced Garden Ecosystem ~ Balanced garden ecosystems are low maintenance, promote healthy soils and support local wildlife. Professional landscape designer and native plant specialist, Lisa Burton of Nature by Design, will teach steps for designing a balanced garden.
Location: Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.
 
October 21: Water Wise Vegetable Garden ~ Conserve water while growing nutritious food! David Nicholes of Green Thumb will demonstrate techniques that will make your water-wise vegetable garden a success.
Location: Green Thumb International, 1899 South Victoria Ave.

Smart Conservation with Smart Controllers

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 more! WATCH and also visit: http://venturawater.net and http://sustainableventura.tv

Smart Irrigation Controllers Save Water & The City of Ventura Offers FREE Incentives

Smart Controllers

Smart irrigation and smart controllers in your landscape can save you a lot of money as well as help the sustainability and preservation of our community. City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa and Environmental Services Assistant, Collin Boyes, share great water-saving landscape and irrigation tips and talk about the FREE controllers and irrigation tools being offered by the City of Ventura. LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST!

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LISTEN to the PODCAST, Click here!

July 15, 2017 FREE Gardening Class: Mediterranean Natives and Drought Tolerant Gardens

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“Mediterranean Native and Drought Tolerant Gardens”

10:00 am, July 15 at A Smart Garden: 33 S Palm Street. 

Join landscape designer Cari Vega at her new sustainable nursery. Here you will get an introduction to beautiful Mediterranean natives, low-water use plants, along with many simple tricks to transform your garden. Click here to RSVP.

FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, Sat. June 4 “Designing and Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden”

Water Wise Class

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. We will have local landscape designers on hand and we suggest your bring pictures and sketches of your yard.

DATE:  Saturday, June 4, 2016

TIME: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura, CA 93001

RSVP HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT: http://bit.ly/202fKQg

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

Capture El Niño Rains with a Rain Barrel or Cistern

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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!

From Ventura Water’s January 2016 Pipeline