Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tips: 5 Easy Green Ideas



Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2013.  Here are 5 easy  tips that will benefit Mother Earth and your wallet!

1.  Save Energy by washing your laundry in COLD water only! Energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water.  Choosing to launder on the cold cycle usually costs 5-10 times less than using warmer settings.

2. Wash your dirty dishes in the dishwasher vs. hand-washing.  Washing dishes in the dishwasher (vs. hand-washing them) will not only SAVE MORE water, it will save you money on your water bill.  Make sure you only turn on the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.

3. Drink Tap vs. buying bottled water.  It’s actually safer and more regulated than bottled water.  It will also SAVE you money and save on the environment.

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4. Check  for water leaks around your home.  Check regularly for water leaks and make sure you have no water leaks and that your smart irrigation timers are working correctly.  In Ventura, water early or later in the day to avoid evaporation.

5.  Grow beautiful native plants in your garden.  Spring time is a time for planting beautiful trees, bushes and flowers.  Go for plants native to the Ventura area that require less (or no water) to grow.  Visit:

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: Detecting water leaks at home


The Complete Meter Test


Below are instructions on how to check your meter to find out how much water is being lost due to a leak. Knowing the volume of loss will help your leak specialist to understand the potential size of the leak. Also, after a leak detection repair is completed, check the meter again to make sure all the leaks have been repaired.

    1. This test should be conducted for a 30 minute period, during which time no water is being used on the property.
    2. Find your water meter, which is usually located in front of the house in a covered box near the street.
    3. Write down the numbers indicated on the meter at the start of this test.
    4. Return to check the meter reading after 30 minutes have passed.
    5. If the numbers have not changed, you do not have a leak in your pressurized water system.

If the numbers have changed, continue with the following steps.

  1. Shut off the valves under all toilets in the house, and repeat steps 1-4.
  2. If the numbers have not changed, you may have a running toilet that should be serviced.

If the numbers have changed, this indicates water consumption even though water was not being used during the test, and you may need a leak detection.

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Holiday Tips: 5 ways to save water during holiday entertaining season


•Rinse vegetables and fruit in a large pan in the sink vs. putting them under running tap water.

•Defrost food at room temperature vs. running hot tap water over the food.

•When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water and fill the rinsing sink one-third to one-half full. Avoid letting the water run continuously in the rinsing sink.

•Scrape food scraps into the garbage can or a composting bin, rather than rinsing them into the sink’s garbage disposal. A garbage disposal uses up to 4.5 gallons of water per minute.

•Run your dishwasher ONLY when you have a FULL load.

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