El Niño A No-Show? Keep Conserving!

KeepSavingWith California facing a fifth year of drought, our successful water conservation efforts need to continue! Ventura Water customers have excelled in conservation and we know you can keep it up!

Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. In addition, California water regulators voted earlier this year to extend Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency conservation measures, through October 2016.

In January, Ventura Water customers conserved 16 percent. In February, our customers conserved 13 percent.

Many are drought fatigued and as much as we hate to sound like a broken record – or a dripping faucet – it bears repeating: Ventura, we must continue to conserve water even during winter and springtime when Ventura has had some rain and it’s cooler out.

Thank you in advance for your continued efforts to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit.

Have questions about your water bill?  Ventura Water offers free on-site water conservation surveys to commercial and residential water customers to equip them to be more water efficient.  Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

Use the Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently at www.venturacountygardening.com/calc/.  Learn more by clicking here.

From Ventura Water’s PIPELINE, March 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

Customer Water Use Exceeds Reduction Target in October

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Read the LA Times article detailing our success

Congratulations to our customers for another successful month conserving water!

New figures show that customer water use last month was down 25.2 percent compared to October 2013, exceeding the city’s 20 percent conservation target for the sixth consecutive month this year. Water use in October was almost identical to our customers’ overall water use the previous month of September 2015. The positive numbers demonstrate again that Ventura Water customers are committed to meeting the challenges of conserving water and are making their new water-wise habits a lifestyle!

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In fact, Ventura Water and our customers were complemented for our conservation successes in an article the Los Angeles Times published on Nov. 14 titled, “How did some of California’s biggest water savers cut even more? By getting creative.” The LA Times article discussed our successful efforts to boost water conservation by tackling the issue on a number of fronts, including our popular “Dirty Car” and “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song” campaigns, our use of social media and radio, our innovative Water: Take 1 short film contest, and by joining forces with supportive local businesses, among other efforts. (Read the LA Times article here.)

Remember: Ventura declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. (See the details here.)

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 myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, November 2015

Ventura Water Conservation Efforts in April; Please Keep Conserving!

New figures show that water use by Ventura Water customers was down 12.69 percent in the month of April 2015 compared to April 2013. The year-to-date reduction in water use by customers overall by the end of April was 9.36 percent compared to 2013.

Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. Please keep trying to reduce use and make water conservation a lifestyle!

Ventura Water has instituted several mandatory water conservation measures for our customers. They include: sprinkler irrigation systems may run only two days per week between the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.; handheld hoses used to wash cars must have a shutoff nozzle; fountains must use recycled water; and hosing down hard surfaces like driveways or sidewalks is not allowed. (Using a broom to sweep is a reasonable alternative.) A new rebate incentive program to encourage lawn removal is coming as well.

Ventura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site 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 survey.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, May 2015

Check Pipeline for Details About New Water Wise Incentive Program

Keep checking your monthly Pipeline e-newsletter from Ventura Water for details about the new conservation Incentive Program for customers coming this summer!

Pipeline covers the latest news about Ventura’s water, wastewater and stormwater services, as well as insights from General Manager Shana Epstein. Upcoming issues will have details of the new financial incentives and rebate program coming this summer from Ventura Water to “wise-up” your landscape.

Water Wise Incentive graphicThe Ventura City Council approved a new incentive program on March 9. 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. Some artificial turf (restrictions apply); and hardscapes like concrete patios not eligible.

  • For smaller landscape areas that are converted: turf removal rebate is capped at $800.
  • For  larger landscape areas that are converted: turf removal rebate is capped at $1,600.
  • Incentives of up to $300 are also available for other measures like buying mulch, converting to drip irrigation or installing water-efficiency devices.

Details: www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape

Need ideas and inspiration for a gorgeous water-wise garden with little or no grass? Visit www.venturacountygardening.com

Read past issues of Pipeline here

GM’s Monthly Column

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Shana’s Column in the November 2012 Pipeline 

Dear Customer,

Thanksgiving traditionally heralds the holiday shopping season – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So are you thinking of that perfect gift that someone won’t return, put in the back of the closet, or re-gift to a mutual acquaintance? Here are Ventura Water’s favorite gift suggestions:

5. Broom – Many of us prefer to wash down a driveway or patio because we just feel it will be cleaner, but Ventura Water encourages you to go out and get a quality broom or pressure wash broom that uses less water than a hose to get the job done. The person in your household who does this chore will now have a new device and enjoy the job.

4. Dry Shampoo – I was talking to a friend who bragged that she no longer needs to wash her hair more than two times a week because of “dry shampoo.” So what is dry shampoo? Many people use baby powder to take the “grit” out of your hair so it feels clean, but this is an actual special product. With dry shampoo, you can take shorter showers and save water.

3. Washer – For those families that have worn out the washing machine, use your dollars for a water-saving washing machine that will reduce your water bill for long-term savings. Look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Camera – You may be thinking: how can water be saved with a camera? In this issue, you’ll read about the winning films for the Water: Take 1 Short Film Contest. With a camera, you can create a film that communicates the value of water and how important it is to the vitality of Ventura, and enter it in next year’s contest. Give a camera and in the card, write watertake1.com to inspire the next winner.

1. Toilet – The top choice of a gift is something everyone will use every day. Purchase a WaterSense toilet, either ultra-low flush or dual flush, and the gift recipient will save water and money for years to come.

Finally, you may choose to support Giving Tuesday (launched on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) that encourages financial giving to charitable organizations. There are many organizations that collect donations to help those in desperate times pay their utility bills or communities in developing countries build healthy water systems.

Whether you use Ventura Water’s gift tips or not, we hope you and your family have a wonderful time preparing for the Holiday Season.

Sincerely,

Shana Epstein
Ventura Water General Manager

GM’s Monthly Column, September 2012

Shana’s Column in the September 2012 Pipeline

Dear Customer:

The day after Labor Day, when we celebrate all the hard work Americans have done and continue to complete to make this country great, Ventura Water received a special gift of hard work from more than 600 California Lutheran University first-year students.

These volunteers worked diligently for two hours pulling up ice plant around the wildlife ponds at the Wastewater Reclamation Facility, located at the Ventura Harbor, and reseeding those same areas with native plants. The effort was a part of the City of Ventura’s Volunteer Ventura program and the fifth annual “You Got Served” service-learning project. This project introduces CLU freshman and transfer students to CLU’s commitment to service and connects them to their local community.

Why take the time to remove ice plant? Well, this vegetation’s native home is South Africa. That’s where it lives in balance with the ecosystem. Baboons, antelope and other animals native to South Africa eat the fruit of the ice plant so it does not become invasive as it has in Southern California.

Ice plant served as erosion control for public right-of-ways in California, but because none of its natural predators exist here, it is taking over areas that would be better served if the natural habitat were to thrive. Since the wildlife ponds are on the migratory path for a number of birds, it’s best to foster a native habitat and re-establish the native vegetation.

This project could not have been completed without the tremendous leadership of Community Partnerships and the Recreation and Parks Department, as well as the volunteers from CLU and Ventura’s city leaders. Ventura Water thanks everyone for all their hard work.

Sincerely,
Shana Epstein
General Manager