Water saving tools that REFRESH Drought Fatigue!

 

Find out about Ventura Water’s New Water-Saving Programs & Tools in this Sustainable Ventura News segment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2016

Water Saving Tools  To Help Reduce Drought Fatigue

Ventura Water Offers Three New Water Saving Programs

News of the California drought is everywhere. We’re in a water crisis and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. There’s no doubt about it, we have to start rethinking how we use water. It’s a fact that as much as 30% of the water we use goes to outdoor use, and changing out your lawn for an ocean friendly or native garden can help you save water and save money on your water bill. However, are you overwhelmed when you think about the idea of taking out your lawn for a native landscape? Do you like your greenscape and are perplexed how, if you remove your turf, you can keep the color and beauty in your yard? Are you daunted at the idea of planting native plants when you know absolutely nothing about them?

This summer into fall, Ventura Water launches three new water saving programs:

Residential Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program – June 2016

Ventura Water announces the grand opening of the Residential Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program. Residents interested in participating, are required to pay a fee and be trained in order to fill up their containers with high-quality recycled water to be used in landscapes vs. having to use their potable water. Training sessions will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF), 1400 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. Contact the VWRF to sign up at 805-677-4131.

Capture Conservation – July 2016

What inspires you to reduce your water footprint? Capture it with your camera! Whether it’s a fancy rainwater harvesting system, a simple reusable water bottle, or a beautiful beach scene that reminds you of why it’s important to preserve our natural environment.

In July 2016, Ventura Water launches Capture Conservation, a local photo contest that offers residents who have battled to conserve during the drought an opportunity to capture what they’ve done in a photo and be entered to win some really cool prizes! Be on the lookout in Ventura Water’s monthly newsletter, Pipeline for details. Sign up to receive Pipeline, here.

WaterWise 2.0 Turf Replacement Program – September 2016

Thinking of taking out your lawn to put in an Ocean Friendly or native garden? Planning to change out your irrigation system? Before you do, check out Ventura Water’s WaterWise 2.0 Turf Replacement Program. On the heels of last year’s WaterWise Turf Replacement Program, Ventura Water launches WaterWise 2.0 in July. This new program offers additional ways to save water, which includes everything from turf replacement to free sprinkler nozzles and smart irrigation timers. Interested parties must qualify for the program and more information will be forthcoming shortly. Stay tuned and find out more at VenturaWater.net.

For more information on these water saving tools, visit: VenturaWater.net

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

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

Cooler May Temperatures Led to Lower Water Use in May

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New figures show that water use by Ventura Water customers was 28.12 percent lower last month (May) compared to May 2013. We believe the large reduction in water use during May is largely due to the late rain we experienced and cooler-than-average temperatures during most of the month. We appreciate how our customers responded to the cooler weather by lowing their water use!
 
The year-to-date reduction in water use by customers overall by the end of May still fell short of our 20 percent goal, however. Year-to-date, water use overall by Ventura Water customers is down 13.12 percent compared to the same time this year in 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! Let’s hit that 20 percent goal for the entire year to date!
 
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, June 2015

Water Efficient Practices Encouraged in the city of Ventura

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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2014
Contact: Nancy Broschart, 805-223-4378
Lysa Urban, 805-677-3914

Water Efficient Practices Encouraged in the city of Ventura

The warm, dry summer in Ventura has resulted in dwindling local water supplies and Ventura Water is encouraging customers to increase efforts to stop water waste and use water wisely in all ways. In response to State regulations adopted this summer requiring water providers to enforce water waste restrictions, Ventura Water is launching an educational phase to help customers learn how to avoid wasteful water activities. As specified in the City’s existing municipal code, the following are prohibited:

  • Sprinklers that spray pavement, such as sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Irrigation water that runs onto pavement, such as sidewalks, driveways or streets
  • Leaking irrigation systems or broken sprinklers that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery
  • Using a hose to wash a driveway, sidewalk or other paved surface
  • Washing a car without a shutoff nozzle on the hose
  • Serving water at a restaurant without being requested by the customer

“Ventura, as a steward of our local water sources, has always responded to the call to save water during drought cycles,” said Mayor Cheryl Heitmann. “Even during unusually warm weather, Ventura was able to reduce water use by about 10% in August compared to last year, but we need to continue to work together to reach greater water savings to help stretch our local water supplies.”

Residents are asked to be diligent about watching for and repairing leaks to curb water waste. Please talk directly to neighbors or business owners if leaks are identified so repairs can be made quickly. Many people are especially unaware of irrigation problems as systems generally run early in the morning. Alternatively, leaks or water waste activities can be reported online at www.cityofventura.net/water/reportwaterwaste or by contacting Ventura Water Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500.

To help residential customers find ways to save water, both indoor and outdoors, Ventura Water is now offering free hour-long water surveys. During your appointment, a Water Conservation Specialist will review your water bill with you, teach you how to read a water meter, determine if there is any indoor or outdoor water waste, and share water saving techniques. To schedule a water survey, please contact Ventura Water Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or (805) 667-6500.

Ventura Water customers are also invited to sign-up for our popular Water Wise classes to learn more about how to use water efficiently outdoors. To register for any of the following classes, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape.

Rainwater Harvesting & Laundry-to-Landscape Graywater – Saturday, September 20 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Install a rain barrel, redirect your downspout into your new rain garden, install a laundry-to-landscape system and maintain them all properly.

Composting and Urban Soils – Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: Cornucopia Gardens (Telephone Road & Ramelli Avenue)
Create healthy backyard mulch, use compost and worm castings from your food and yard waste to conserve water, reduce pesticides and revive urban soil.

Turf Replacement with Water Wise Plants – Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm
Location: City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Remove turf naturally, replace it with native or climate-appropriate plants, convert pop-up spray irrigation to drip irrigation, and re-wild your garden habitats to bring back birds, bees and butterflies.

For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/shortage.

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Community Potluck with Practical Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Landscape Water

Ojai Valley Green Coalition sponsors 
COMMUNITY GATHERING 
Potluck with Practical Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Landscape Water andContinuing the ‘Facing Drought Together’ Conversation
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natives. “The soil is our best
water tank”, says Kathy.

 

Friday, May 30thChaparral Auditorium
414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai
6:30 pm: Meet & greet
7:00 pm:  Potluck*
7:30 pm: Local experts share about:
1.  Water saving landscapes
2.  Introduction to graywater systems and rainwater  resources
3.  Climate appropriate trees and plants for the Ojai Valley                   
Food:  Please bring a salad, main course or dessert to share – ideally using local, organic ingredients
(In order to reduce landfill waste – bring your own plate, silverware, mug and cloth napkin)
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$5 suggested donation
For more information (805) 669-8445 or visitojaivalleygreencoalition.org