Ventura Water Water Saving Tips!

Save water with these great tips from our customers:

Monica Gray: “We use so many of the items given to us in the sustainability kit, including the new nozzles, water bottles, toilet flapper, etc. They are all super helpful! We also use the shower timer from the camp my girls attended.”

William McReynolds: “Got the 5 minute shower timer at the July 4th Street Fair, 8-year-old loves being out of the shower before time runs out.”

Claudia Bleser Caudill: “We stopped watering our lawn, use grey water for plants, use a shower timer, turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving, and flush only as necessary (if it’s yellow, let it mellow!). We also regularly talk about water conservation as a family.”

Suzanne Soprano: “We never wash our cars at home. We collect rainfall to water the plants. We let the lawn die but have succulents and other drought-tolerant landscaping. We also take short showers and have reusable water bottles.”

From Ventura Water’s August 2017 Pipeline

Volunteer for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

Over 60,000 people throughout California will participate in the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup  Day on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to Noon.

Volunteers for the event will help to remove trash and debris from beaches, creeks, and other waterways promoting the health and sustainability of our environment and to protect natural wildlife.

Environmental Sustainability suggests that volunteers bring their own bucket, hat, sunscreen, and water (in a reusable container). Additionally, local volunteers will have the option to participate in a social media photo contest where they will have the opportunity to win great prizes from local businesses.

Locate a Coastal Cleanup Day site near you, http://www.vccoastcleanup.org/cleanup-sites/

Find out more here:

http://www.vccoastcleanup.org/

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A Ventura Local shares his experience with the Water Wise 2.0 Program

 

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Jim Ackerman, a Ventura local, talks about changing out his traditional lawn for a more water wise landscape with Ventura Water’s WaterWise 2.0 Program!

Jim’s lawn BEFORE: jimbefore

Jim’s lawn AFTER:

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WATCH the Sustainable Ventura News Segment:

For more information on changing out YOUR LAWN, visit:  VenturaWater.net (and click on the Water Wise Program icon!)

Schedule your FREE Home Water Assessment TODAY!

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Make an appointment with a Ventura Water Conservation Specialist to visit your home. The consult is FREE and you’ll learn how to locateand read your water meter, understand your water bill, assess your water usage and find ways to save & more, visit: cityofventura.net/water/waterconservationsurvey

Residential Recycled Mobile Reuse Program: High Quality Recycled Water Now Available to Residents

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Read about the City’s NEW program offering Ventura residents a high quality alternative source of water to offset your potable demand for outdoor irrigation. Find out more: http://bit.ly/28PGkvC

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Register Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes for 2016

Ventura’s Water Wise Garden Series of classes kicks off next month for another successful year. Sign-up now for FREE Saturday morning Water Wise classes through November. All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. These classes are practical and waterwise-logooffer hands-on fun. They educate residents about efficient ways to use water in your landscape, ways to use beautiful native plants and how to protect our local water quality. Help Ventura become the most water-efficient community in California by learning more about these drought-busting topics:

March 26: Permaculture Design ~ Permaculture is a philosophy of working with nature rather than against it.  Join local permaculturist Eric Werbalowsky to learn how to include permaculture design elements in your garden. This class will be held at the Avenue Adult Center, 550 No. Ventura Ave.

April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils ~ Healthy soil and compost help to retain water and suppress weeds, and can even act as a carbon sink. There are more than a billion living critters in just one teaspoon of living, healthy soil. This class will be held at Cornucopia Gardens on Telegraph Road between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue.

June 4: Designing & Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden ~ 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. Join Cari Vega, a local landscape designer, for this class at the city’s Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.

Sept 24: Water Wise Watering ~ Terrified of your timer? Dumbfounded with drip? Come learn from the experts from Ewing, Toro and Aquaflo to find out how to water efficiently. This class will be held at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.

Oct 22: Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design ~ Ocean Friendly Gardens conserve water and habitat, increase permeability to slow water down, and retain water for reuse. Integrating greywater and rainwater harvesting can maximize your water supply on-site. Class location TBD.

Nov 19: California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place ~ There are only five places on Earth that host the biodiversity of Mediterranean climates, and Ventura is one of those locations. Learn about which plants thrive here and how to choose the right plant for the right place. The class location is TBD.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/waterwise or call 652-4501.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, February 2016

Schedule a FREE Tour of VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility Through Spring 2016

Venturawatertour05_21556157_ver1.0_640_480Learn how advanced water purification technology is part of Ventura Water’s sustainable future by taking a free, in-depth tour of Ventura’s new VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility through the spring of this year.

Tours are held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for up to 20 people per tour.

We will accommodate private groups interested in weekday tours with advanced notice. This tour offers a great opportunity for science teachers to bring students on a field trip, for club members to learn something new, and for environmental groups, non-profits, public works employees and others to learn about innovative potable reuse purification technologies.

Please sign up by visiting www.cityofventura.net/water/sustainable-water/tour-facility, or call (805) 677-4131.

VenturaWaterPure is a pilot project for the City of Ventura, which is investing in safe and sustainable ways to meet long-term water supply demands by expanding the use of recycled water. Ventura currently provides recycled water from the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility to two golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Drive areas. Adding “potable reuse” purification technologies at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility will extend Ventura’s use of local water sources – a proven, drought–resistant, locally developed and reliable way to be smart about water reuse.

From Ventura Water’s January 2016 Pipeline

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