FREE Water Wise Class Dec 5: Ask An Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation

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Reserve your seat today!  Classes fill up fast and you want to be sure you have your seat!

DATE:  Saturday, December 5, 2015

TIME:  10:00 am to 11:30 am

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

CLASS:  Learn how to set your timer to meet CA State 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. 

Refreshments and Snacks Served!

RSVP REQUIRED at Eventbrite, CLICK HERE!

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

Congratulations to Our Customers! Year-to-Date Water Use Hits the 20% Reduction Target

Ventura Water congratulates all our customers; we are extremely grateful. New figures show that customer water use was down 39 percent last Protecting Venturas Water Future1month (July) compared to July 2013, allowing Ventura Water for the first time to reach our 20 percent annual water reduction goal for the year so far! The exact year-to-date reduction in water use by customers as of the end of July was 20.79 percent.

As the City and the State experience one of the most severe droughts on record, the customers of Ventura have proven that they have the ingenuity and commitment to meet the challenges of conserving water. We have all come a long way since September of 2014, when Ventura declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. (See the details here.)

During the months of May, June and July this year, Ventura Water customers have reduced their water use significantly, establishing what we hope is a continuing trend. May 2015 saw a 28 percent water use decrease compared to May 2013, June saw a 41 percent decrease from June 2013, and July’s decrease was 39 percent compared to July 2013. (See a month-to-month comparison for 2013-2015 to date here.) It is important to note that we conserve the most during the warmer months! We need to continue our efforts through the fall and into the winter! We aren’t in the clear yet!

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.

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.

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From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, August 2015

Sustainable U Children share their favorite Shower Song for “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign

Children attending Hansen Agricultural Center’s Sustainable U and their teachers share their favorite Shower Song for “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign.

What’s Your Favorite Shower Song? POST the name on Ventura Water’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

For more information on “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” campaign, WATCH Sustainable Ventura News:

Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song? Campaign to Save Water

Shower Cling EditFinalSustainable Ventura News talks to Ventura Water GM Shana Epstein about the “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign.

From June 18 through August 31, 2015 Ventura Water partners with several local radio stations to inspire residents to keep the shower water flow to a minimum, or at least to the length of a favorite shower song with the “Hey Ventura, What’s Your Shower Song?” Campaign. The campaign for Ventura was born out of the State’s “Save Our Water” shower song promotional materials.

For more information, visit: VenturaWater.net and VenturaWater.org

LIKE and FOLLOW Ventura Water on Facebook: facebook.com/venturawater

Visit: SustainableVentura.TV

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Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online (SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura News at http://vcstar.com) also WATCH on the NEWS and LIFESTYLE pages and in the VC STYLE COLUMN at: http://vcstyle.blogs.vcstar.com/

Sustainable Ventura TV News is reported by Maryann Ridini Spencer and airs on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm. It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.

Keeping You Informed

Ventura declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency on Sept. 22, 2014, requiring a mandatory 20 percent cutback in water use from all SaveourWaterresidents. (Read about the Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency and Ventura’s water-use prohibitions here: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/waste and here: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/rates)

At an April 29 Town Hall meeting, Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein shared the many ways Ventura Water and the City of Ventura have sought to educate and inform customers about the drought, the City’s response, and the need to conserve water, as well as enforcement efforts. (Figures are as of late April 2015.)

  • 500 notification letters have been sent to Ventura Water customers reported for wasting water. (Report water waste by emailing myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 with the address and information about the problem.)
  • Ventura Water has issued 42 warning notices to alleged violators.
  • Ventura Water has issued $25 fines to seven customers in violation.
  • Ventura Water has conducted 136 single-family home water surveys to help residents learn ways to conserve.
  • 300 large water users have all been contacted in an effort to educate them about reducing use.
  • Ventura Water has contacted all schools in the Ventura Unified School District and Ventura College to ask them to conserve.
  • Ventura Water last fall created an all-volunteer Water Shortage Task Force (http://www.cityofventura.net/water/taskforce), which held monthly public meetings and evaluated a range of water issues, culminating with recommendations for action to the Ventura City Council.

How has Ventura Water shared its news and information with customers and the pubic?

  • Informational notices inserted in your water bill.
  • The Ventura Water monthly e-newsletter Pipeline, delivered by email to about 5,400 recipients. (Subscribe to the Pipeline here! http://www.cityofventura.net/water/pipeline)
  • Articles or ads in local print media such as the My Ventura magazine, the Ventura Breeze, the VC Reporter and the Ventura County Star newspaper, and seeking media coverage.
  • Social Media: Twitter, Facebook and the Ventura Water blog. Ventura Water has over 1,000 social media followers. Sign up to follow our blog today!
  • Ventura Water’s YouTube channel.
  • Ventura Water co-sponsors free water-wise classes held throughout the year on timely topics like composting and rainwater harvesting.
  • Ventura Water posts extensive information and updates about the drought and what it’s doing on the Ventura Water website, venturawater.net.
  • Ventura Water hosts Town Hall meetings for the public such as the two-hour Town Hall held in Ventura on April 29 and attended by about 80 citizens.

Reminder: A public hearing on the proposed new water shortage rates and codifying the Water Shortage Stages is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 8. in the Ventura City Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. Public comments are welcome.

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Water Shortage Stages Explained

What are Ventura’s Water Shortage Stages and what do they mean?

On July 21, 2014, the Ventura City Council approved a 13-member, all-volunteer Water Shortage Task Force (learn more about it here: http://www.cityofventura.net/water/taskforce). Task Force members developed policy considerations for the city’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan. This effort included identifying water shortage emergency stages and water-use reduction targets based on water supply conditions. The plan details actions the city and customers would have to take at each stage.

Deepening drought conditions have led to the need for Water Emergency Stages as a way of responding to dwindling water supplies and responsibly managing our increasingly limited water resources. Ventura is currently in Stage 3, and has been since September 2014. A higher stage would be declared if water resources continue to decline and the need to conserve becomes even greater. Moving to a higher stage can be avoided or delayed if customers conserve more!

There are six stages:

  • Stage 1 (Advisory): Voluntary cutback in water use of 10 percent. Annual supply projection is 10 percent below normal year supply projection.
  • Stage 2 (Moderate): Mandatory cutback in water use of 10 percent. Annual supply projection is 10-19 percent of normal year supply projection.
  • Stage 4 (Severe): Mandatory cutback in water use of 30 percent. Annual supply projection is between 30-39 percent of normal year supply projection.
  • Stage 5 (Severe): Mandatory cutback in water use of 40 percent. Annual supply projection is between 40-49 percent of normal year supply projection.
  • Stage 6 (Critical): Mandatory cutback in water use of 50 percent. Annual supply projection is below 50 percent of normal year supply projection.

What happens at each stage? Here are some of the major points:

  • In Stages 2 & 3: reduce watering for visitor areas of the city; reduce sports field watering; fountains can not operate unless the water recirculates; use recycled water for parks and landscaping; and send written notices to all development project applicants. Customers must fix water leaks within 48 hours; not knowingly waste water; and limit outdoor irrigation to two days a week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • In Stage 4: The city must enforce mandatory water consumption goals and allocations for all customers. New development that does not have a water supply to serve the project which supplements the city’s water supply will be required to offset any impact to water supply if they wish to continue the entitlement process during a water shortage event. Customers must comply with mandatory conservation rules.
  • In Stage 5: The city must enforce mandatory water consumption goals and allocations; limit outdoor watering to one day per week; and prepare a resolution for the City Council to consider directing the Community Development Department to stop processing development approvals in order to conduct a public hearing on water allocation to development applications. Customers must comply with conservation rules.
  • In Stage 6: No outdoor watering using potable water is allowed; all water use not needed for health and safety is prohibited; the issuance of any new development approvals and new water connections other than those that state law requires to be is suspended. (Building permits that do not create the need for more water or are for emergencies, public safety and water conservation may be exempted.) Customers must comply with mandatory conservation rules. The filling of swimming pools is prohibited; outside watering is prohibited unless for the preservation of health and safety; watering with hand-held five-gallon buckets is allowed to preserve vegetable gardens or fruit trees.

Reminder: A public hearing on the proposed new water shortage rates and codifying the Water Shortage Stages is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 8. in the Ventura City Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. Public comments are welcome.

 

 

 

Ventura Water Conservation Efforts Improved Very Little in March 2015; Keep Conserving! Helpful Tips

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The conservation efforts of Ventura Water customers fell significantly in March compared to February, when our conservation efforts were collectively much better. New figures show that water use was down only 7.16 percent in March 2015 compared to March 2013. In February 2015, water use by Ventura Water customers was down 13.44 percent compared to February 2013. (see chart and graph below)

(A good measure of how our customers are doing is comparing this year’s water use levels to date to those in 2013, before conservation measures were requested and later, required. The Ventura City Council first called for voluntary conservation in February 2014.)

Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. We all need to work toward reducing water use more and making 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.)

What else can you do to cut water use?

Outside the house:

  • Minimize outside irrigation. Turn down or turn off the sprinklers.
  • Spring is the perfect time to replace your old, tired lawn with a beautiful, new water-wise garden, allowing your drought-tolerant plants time to become acclimated before warmer weather arrives. Need ideas and inspiration? Visit http://venturacountygardening.com.

Inside the house:

  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and low-water-use toilets.
  • Turn off that faucet! A normal faucet runs at the rate of 3-5 gallons a minute. Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth and washing your face.
  • Fix water leaks and leaky pipes.
  • When using the washing machine and dishwasher, run only full loads.
  • Dump the trash. Never use the toilet as a wastebasket.
  • If you have an old washing machine, replace it with one that has a load-size selector and variable water-level controls.

 

VWoneVwater2From Ventura Water’s Pipeline, April 2015

Let’s Go VENTURA! Help Ventura’s Ranking — Make Your Pledge to SAVE WATER and WIN PRIZES

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Way to GO VENTURA!!  Last week we ranked 104 in the Mayor’s Challenge. This week 24!!! Let’s be NUMBER ONE. Every resident can help. Make your Pledge to SAVE WATER and WIN PRIZES TODAY. Here’s how: http://bit.ly/1IAGYoZ

Local Water Conservation Efforts Improved in February 2015, Please Keep Up the Efforts!

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The conservation efforts of Ventura Water customers moved closer this February to our 20 percent reduction goal, with new figures showing that water use was down 13.44 percent in February 2015 compared to February 2013.

As you know, the city of Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. While water use levels have fallen since then, we all need to work toward reducing water use even more.

A good measure of how our customers are doing is to compare this year’s water usage levels to date to those in 2013, before water conservation measures were requested and later, required. (The Ventura City Council first called for voluntary conservation in February 2014.) Comparing January 2015 to January 2013, water use declined by only 4.22 percent.

The February numbers are encouraging, so we are asking you to take it up a notch and help us hit that 20 percent mark! Let’s all make water conservation a lifelong, year-round habit (a lifestyle).

The drought is still in full force, despite some rain this winter. 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.)

What else can you do this month to cut use?

  • Minimize outside irrigation even further or turn off your sprinklers. It’s cool outside!
  • Take shorter showers
  • Fix water leaks
  • Install low-flow showerheads now!
  • Spring is the perfect time to replace your old, tired lawn with a beautiful, new water-wise garden, allowing your drought-tolerant plants time to become acclimated before warmer weather arrives.

Ventura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site residential water surveys to help our customers save water. Learn more by clicking here. Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water survey.Vwater

From Ventura Water’s March 2015 Pipeline