Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers = SMART & Water Wise Yard Maintenance

Do you know the difference between a traditional Irrigation Controller vs. a Weather-Based Irrigation Controller? There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE.  WATCH this “Sustainable Ventura News” segment to find out how you can conserve as much as 13,500 gallons of water per year per household!

Are you a City of Ventura resident interested in awesome rebates offered with the Water Wise 2.0 Incentive Program, visit: and

Watch Sustainable Ventura News at Ventura County Star online on the NEWS & LIFESTYLE pages (and also SEARCH “Sustainable Ventura” or “Maryann Ridini Spencer” at

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.


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 , 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
  • 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

FREE Water Wise “Control Your Controllers” Workshop TOMORROW, Sat. June 6, 10-11:30am in Ventura


FREE Water Wise Workshop TOMORROW, Saturday, June 6, 10am-11:30am at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura. “Control Your Controllers” – learn about different systems and drip irrigation options, RSVP

New Conservation Incentive Program for Customers Coming Summer 2015

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Take advantage of financial incentives to “wise-up” your landscape!

The Ventura City Council approved a new incentive program on March 9 for Ventura Water customers to reduce outside water use. 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 is allowed if permeable (water can pass through it); hardscapes like concrete or brick patios in lieu of turf are not eligible for a rebate.

Here are the details:

  • Sign up for our Pipeline Newsletter to receive notification when the program starts:
  • For properties under 1 acre: turf removal rebate is capped at $800.
  • For properties over 1 acre: 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.
  • Rebates will not be issued retroactively for lawns removed prior to the program’s launch date.
  • Read more details about the incentive program here:

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Customer applies online or in person with Ventura Water Department.
  2. A program representative will come out to your property to verify your eligibility.
  3. Once approved, you have 120 days to complete the project.
  4. Rebates will be issued after the customer receives a pre-installation inspection and has completed all the recommended activities outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the program.
  5. Program may end at any time due to funding cuts.

Get started by signing up for the FREE Pipeline E-News Today, CLICK HERE.

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.