Prepare to Capture El Niño Rains with a Rain Barrel or Cistern

With heavy rains predicted for this winter, it’s time to invest in a rain barrel or Cistern!rainbarrel

Ventura Water and the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division, in cooperation with Smith Pipe & Supply, are pleased to offer Ventura residents a Channel/Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel at the discounted price of $45 plus tax ($92 retail value). Present this voucher at Smith Pipe & Supply, 3060 Sherwin Ave. in Ventura to receive the discount on up to two rain barrels per customer or residential address. Please bring proof of your City of Ventura residency, such as your Ventura Water or other utility bill. These rain barrels are for non-potable water use only and the program is subject to availability. Click here to learn more, or to download the the voucher, click here.

Also, take advantage of funds available from the Ventura Water Incentive Program to purchase a larger cistern to capture more rainwater. Storage size restrictions apply. Visit



From Ventura Water’s November 2015 Pipeline

Spring Spruce Up Tips!


•Prioritize Your Springtime Outdoor Watering Needs

Now is a great time for you to look at the watering needs of all your outdoor areas.  If you have a gardener, walk around the yard together looking at the needs of  your plants and trees.

•Say “NO” to Weeds

Weeds in your garden take valuable water away from your plants and vegetables. So, keep weeds in check.  For weeds in your lawn, remove by hand whenever possible.

•Use Shut-Off Nozzles on hoses

Only use nozzles that completely turn off the water when you’re not using it.  When using a nozzle, they also assist in directing water right to the intended source.

•Capture and recycle rainwater

Place rain barrels or buckets beneath your downspouts.  A 1,000 sq. ft. of roof surface wil collect 420 gallons of water in every inch of rainfall. Use this water for your outdoor plants and trees.

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TIPS on Designing a Native Garden from Professional Garden Designer Lisa Burton,WATCH THE VIDEO!

Sustainable Ventura, August 2012 Show – Ventura Water Presents “Ocean Friendly and Native Gardens.” This segment from the show features an interview with Professional Garden Designer Lisa Burton (Nature By Design,, and a tour of her gorgeous native garden.

The Sustainable Ventura TV Series is seen on Caps-TV VTV’s Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm.

The show, hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, showcases environmental and sustainable practices, programs, events, issues and happenings taking place and/or offered by the City of Ventura.

This month’s show brought to you by Ventura Water, offers great tips on how to grow and nuture Ocean Friendly and Native Gardens. Featured interviews include: Cynthia Hartley, Chair of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program talks about what makes a sustainable garden, Ventura City resident Dan Long discusses the process of making an Ocean Friendly Garden, Professional Garden Designer Lisa Burton (Nature by Design) shows us her gorgeous native garden and talks about plants that do best in the Ventura climate and Dave Williams from Aqua-Flo talks about smart irrigation.

The show rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.