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Save Water, Take a Photo & Share
How You Capture Conservation

Just for fun and as a part of our annual summer awareness campaign, Ventura Water wants to know … How do you save water? How has the drought inspired you to make sacrifices and go above and beyond the call of duty to minimize your water footprint? We want to know!
 
On July 4, Ventura Water launched Capture Conservation, a local photo contest that offers residents who have dug in and battled to conserve an opportunity to capture what they’ve done in a photo, share it with us on social media, and be entered to win some great prizes. Whether it’s a fancy rainwater harvesting system or simply a reusable water bottle, we are asking you and your friends to be creative and share how you are “capturing conservation!”
 
It’s easy to enter … Simply take a photo that captures your water conservation story. Be creative! Post the photo(s) to Ventura Water’s Facebook page (facebook/venturawater) and submit your photo via the photo contest tab or post to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #keepsavingventura. Make sure you click on “share” to share your experience … and remember #keepsavingventura!
 
Visit the Ventura Water Facebook page for more details. For complete contest rules click on the official rules on contest entry page. To enter click here.

Please Keep Conserving!

Thank you for your continued conservation efforts. In June, our customers reduced water use by 21.85 percent, compared to 24.55 percent in May. Conserving during the dry summer and fall months is critical to ensuring that our water supplies last!  Want a professional opinion on how to be water efficient in and around your home? Ventura Water continues to offer free on-site water conservation surveys to commercial and residential water customers to equip our customers to be more water efficient.  Please contact Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.
 
Use the Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently at www.venturacountygardening.com/calc/.  Learn more by clicking here.

Check Out Our NEW
Mobile Water Reuse Program

 The City of Ventura is pleased to offer Ventura residents the opportunity to bring home a high quality alternative source of water to use for irrigation – recycled water! The Mobile Water Reuse Program is now up and running. Here’s how to get started in three easy steps.
 
Step 1: Attend A Training Session
  • Contact Customer Care to sign up, (805) 667-6500 or visit www.cityofventura.net/water/mobile-reuse-program and click on the RSVP at Eventbrite icon to register for your training session!l Trainings are held Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. Training sessions last about 45 minutes.
  • Bring a copy of your Ventura Water bill and your driver’s license.
  • Your permit will be issued at the end of the training session. 
Step 2: Pay A Fee
  • Take your signed permit to the Treasury Office at City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Room #107
  • It’s $75 per year for residential customers. Pay with cash or check only.
Step 3: Fill and Haul Recycled Water
  • Provide proof of payment to the recycled water attendant at the Fill Station.
  • You will be issued a Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program wallet card.
  • Bring your approved and labeled container and fill with recycled water.
Other Stuff You Should Know!
  • Recycled water is wastewater that has been processed through primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment, and a disinfection process. It meets strict standards of the California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water.
  • Recycled water has been used in agriculture since the 1880s and in California municipalities since 1912. There has never been a documented disease incident or other adverse public health effects in the United States related to the proper use of recycled water that meets regulatory standards. The Ventura Water Reclamation Facility treats recycled water to The State Water Resources Control Board Title 22 regulations consistently and by certified personnel. Recycled water is strictly monitored to ensure it meets water quality standards for all non-potable uses.
  • Recycled water is safe for plants, including fruit trees and edibles as long as you wash them before eating. Recycled water contains many of the same minerals found in fertilizers, so it is good for your plants. Recycled water tends to have a higher salt content than drinking water so it’s best to direct the recycled water to the roots of the plants and not the foliage. This will protect them from potential leaf burn.
  • Do not use recycled water for human consumption or for processing food or drinks.
  • The Fill Station is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
For more details, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/mobile-reuse-program

Each year, Ventura Water provides its customers with a Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report provides details about the source and quality of the drinking water delivered in 2015.
 
Although the challenges of drought remain, we are committed to providing you with safe, quality drinking water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This report contains 2015 water quality testing results, background on our local water resources, and information on our continued investment into local water infrastructure.
 
The report is now available on our website here.

You can print one directly from this webpage or receive a printed version by contacting Customer Care at myvtawater@cityofventura.net, or call (805) 667-6500.
 
Attention landlords, businesses, schools and other groups: Please share this information with tenants, students and other water users at your location who are not billed customers of Ventura Water.

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Dear Valued Customer,

Ventura Water wishes you a great summer. With the Fourth of July celebrations winding down through to the Ventura County Fair for August, there are so many great events to enjoy the warmth of the season. As you join in with the community look for Ventura Water to be there with information on how to save water during this prolonged drought. 

Each summer, Ventura Water initiates a creative campaign to spread the message of how simple it is to conserve. This summer is no different. The Capture Conservation campaign is in full swing (#keepsavingventura). There are three simple steps to participate:
  1. Save Water
  2. Take a Photo
  3. Enter to Win: /venturawater
    #keepsavingventura
We hope you have as much fun with this campaign as you did with the Dirty Car Contest and What’s Your Favorite Shower Song from summers past. Meeting the City’s conservation goals is imperative to providing a reliable water supply in the midst of a drought. We appreciate all your efforts and hope this campaign allows some levity.

Enjoy the summer, be water wise and safe.

Sincerely,





Shana Epstein,
Vent
ura Water General Manager


Waterwi$e 2.0 Incentive Program Coming Soon
 

Planning to replace your turf with a waterwise landscape? Hold off on your project and get $$ for your efforts!
 
Ventura Water will soon be launching WaterWise 2.0, a new turf replacement program that offers more ways to save water. Everything from turf replacement to free sprinkler nozzles and smart irrigation timers will be offered to participants who qualify.

Call 866-983-9232 or email removeyourturf@waterwise-consulting.com to be placed on the waiting list for Waterwise 2.0 and to be notified when the new program launches! Also keep looking for more information in your Pipeline e-newsletter.

Some preliminary program details: 
• $2 per square foot, capped at 1,600 sq. ft. for residential
• $2 per square foot, capped at 3,200 sq. ft. for commercial/multi family
• New droplet customer portal
• Discounted weather-based irrigation controllers
 
Register Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes for 2016

Sign-up now for FREE Saturday morning Water Wise classes through November. All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. These classes are practical and offer hands-on fun. Sign up here.

Sept. 24: Water Wise Watering ~ Terrified of your timer? Dumbfounded with drip? Come learn from the experts from Ewing, Toro and Aquaflo to find out how to water most efficiently. Class is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road. 
 
Oct. 22: Ocean Friendly Gardens and Integrated Design ~ Ocean Friendly Gardens conserve water and habitat, increase permeability to slow water down, and retain water for reuse. Integrating greywater and rainwater harvesting can maximize your water supply on-site. Join Lisa Burton from Nature by Design as she shares what it means to “re-wild” our urban landscapes. Class location TBD.
 
Nov. 19: California Natives, Mediterranean, Drought Tolerant? Right Plant: Right Place ~ There are only five places on Earth that host the biodiversity of Mediterranean climates, and Ventura is one of those locations. Learn about which plants thrive here and how to choose the right plant for the right place. The class location is TBD. Class location TBD.












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