Did you know what you EAT impacts Water Conservation?

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Did you know that what you EAT can impact WATER SAVINGS?  Here are some statistics from National Geographic.

•It takes approximately 1,000 gallons of water per day to produce the average American diet.  This is more than the global average water footprint of 900 gallons per person per day for diet, household use, transportation, energy and consumption of material goods.

•Eat less meat and dairy is a way slim down your water footprint.  It takes a lot of water and energy to process these products.  Choose grass-fed beef (vs. grain-fed) whenever possible because grass-fed  utilizes less water and energy.

•A serving of poultry costs approximately 90 gallons of water to produce.  When you BUY LOCAL, you save on transportation and other costs (financially and environmentally).

•On average, a vegan, a person who doesn’t eat meat or dairy indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day LESS than a person following the average American diet.

•A cup of coffee takes 55 gallons of water to make, with most of that water used to grow the coffee beans.

So, GREEN YOUR DIET! 

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Landscape Watering Guide for April 2013

In Ventura County  the best time of day to water is between 5:00 pm and 9:00am.  Watering at this time takes advantage of low winds and less loss of water to evaporation.

Precise watering times vary depending upon your watering device, soil, slope and plants.  (Note:  with clay soils, running an irrigation system on a lawn for more than 5 minutes will usually result in runoff.

Note watering times from the March 2013 Ventura Water Newsletter, Pipeline:

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: Tips to Have water efficient holidays

Have a water efficient H2Oliday!

Preparing for and cleaning up after a holiday meals and parties can use much more water than ordinary, everyday use. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes wastes water and can use more than two gallons of water every minute your tap is running. That’s a lot when you’re cooking a big meal for extended family members and friends! Find ways to reduce your water and energy use, for example:

  • Scrape dirty dishes clean, instead of using water to rinse them before you put them in the dishwasher.
  • If you don’t use a dishwasher, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward.

Either of these simple practices could save 10 gallons of water. If every American household reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water, as well as save any energy or materials used to pump or treat tap water. More tips on WaterSense water-efficient products.

-from Epa.gov

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: How to Save More Water and $$$ around the House

Save Money and Water with these simple waterwise tips around the house!

•Use your laundry machine and dishwasher ONLY when they are full!

•Choose energy star certified models if you’re buying a new clothes washer.  You’ll SAVE up to 18 gallons of water PER LOAD!

•When watering your house plants, poke the soil with your finger.  If the soil is dry and hard, water your plant.  However, if the soil is moist, wait before watering.

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: Conserving Water in Your Apartment

•Repair or replace leaky faucets and toilets
Leaks are a main contributor to water waste.  A faucet that drips once every second could be wasting over 2,500 gallons of water a year!!
•Close your tap when shaving your face or brushing your teeth.
If you close your tap when you shave or brush, you can save as much as 5 gallons of water every time!
•Washing Dirty Dishes
If you have a dishwasher, stop washing your dishes by hand.  Only use your dishwasher when full. If you don’t have a dishwasher, fill one side of your sink with soapy water and the other with rinse water.  If you only have one sink, gather washed dishes and place them on a dish rack. Rinse them with a pan full of hot water.
•Don’t dispose of food in the kitchen sink. 
Running your garbage disposal (and the water it requires) costs $$$.  Additionally, any FOG – fat, oils and grease down the sink – can cause costly backups!

Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tips: Water Safety for children

Water Safety Tips from our friends at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

Although the cooler months are on the way, the temperatures have still been very high in Southern California these past few weeks.  Please note some of these life-saving water tips and share them with others!

  • Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
  • Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  • Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
  • Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
  • Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  • Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  • Keep a first aid kit at poolside.READ MORE at National Water Safety Month

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Ventura Water Waterwise Tips to benefit your lawn, garden and water bill!

This segment of “Sustainable Ventura” brought to you by Ventura Water, features some waterwise tips that are sure to benefit your lawn, garden and water bill.

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Aqua-Flo’s Dave Williams talks about “Smart Irrigation Technology”

For Sustainable Ventura’s August 2012 Show, Ventura Water Presents “Ocean Friendly and Native Gardens.” This segment from the show features a “Smart Irrigation Technology” segment with Dave Williams from Aqua-Flo (http://www.aquaflo.com), 2471 Portola Road, Ventura, Ca, 93033, 805-676-1114.

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 nurture 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.

Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: The Cost of Infrastructure

There’s a cost for producing safe, reliable water.  Improvements in the water system are costly.  To keep your water system reliable, Ventura Water replaces and repairs it, all at significant expense. Ventura Water works hard to keep those costs low.  Always remember, that in most of California, tap water is still less than a penny a gallon and also less expensive than buying bottled water.

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