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Call for Conservation Continues

Water conservation efforts don’t get a break just because it’s wintertime (even though with the recent unseasonable heat wave you’d never know it)! We still face a fifth year of drought!
 
In fact, earlier this month, California water regulators voted to extend Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency conservation measures that were adopted last spring, through October 2016.
 
This coming April, when the California snowpack is typically at its highest level, state officials will revisit the conservation plan. We also should know later this spring to what extent our local conservation efforts need to continue.
 
(See the State’s extended emergency regulation details here.)

The improved snowpack picture does not help Ventura, which relies on 100 percent local sources for water. Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent.
 
Ventura has started 2016 off by falling short of our conservation mandate for the month of January. In January, Ventura Water customers conserved 15.57 percent. Let’s continue to strive to make water conservation a daily, year-round habit, and reach that 20 percent mark each month.
 
Here are some ways to make that happen in wintertime. More tips can be found at www.saveourwater.com.
  • Change your sprinkler schedule: reduce watering or turn off the sprinklers. Lawns and plants don’t need as much water in the winter. Invest in a weather-based “smart” controller or high efficiency sprinklers.
  • Do not water 48 hours before or after a measurable rain event.
  • Find and fix leaks now. One way to find leaks is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  • Buy a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff. Use this water for potted plants or to wash your car, grill or windows. 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 and here for a copy of the voucher.




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.
Customer Water Use Correction
 

The January 2016 Pipeline article citing a decrease in customer water use of 22% overall for 2015 should instead read, down approximately 19 percent overall for 2015. This correction to the 2015 cumulative average of water usage is due to the inadvertent exclusion of data from our reporting tool for a new production well that came online during 2015. The data collection error has been rectified in our system. Despite this minor dip in overall savings, we continue to applaud our customers for being conservation-minded and committed to meeting the challenges of an extended drought. 

Water: Take 1 Awards Ceremony is March 24: RSVP Now to Attend this FREE Film Event in Ventura

Celebrate and learn about water and conservation
at the Awards Ceremony


The fourth annual Water: Take 1 Awards Ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at Brooks Institute, 5301 No. Ventura Ave. The screening and awards ceremony is free and tickets are not required to join the fun. Those interested in attending need to register in advance as seating is limited. We hope to see you there!
 
To register, please email Debra Martinez at dmartinez@venturawater.net, or RSVP here. If you have questions please email Debra or call (805) 652-4587.

Water: Take 1, presented by Ventura Water, is an important international short film contest that highlights our relationship with water: how we look at it, how we use it and how we share it. The global online film contest showcases short films of under five minutes in length that address the topic of water in any genre, including documentary, drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental.
 
To expand the contest’s reach and conservation message this year, Ventura Water joined with the city of Santa Monica and its Office of Sustainability and the Environment, as well as other new partners.
 
Forty-eight films were submitted this year. Awards include the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the general public; the award for Best Student Film, chosen by a jury of entertainment and water industry experts; the $1,500 Grand Prize, presented by Ventura Water; and the Ventura Vision Award, which recognizes films shot in and around the city of Ventura. This year, we also have a Santa Monica Vision Award for films shot in and around Santa Monica.
 
The ceremony will kick off with drinks and appetizers followed by a screening of the finalist films and the announcement of the winners. Visit www.watertake1.com to view the films entered.

Register Now for FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes for 2016


Ventura’s Water Wise Garden Series of classes kicks off next month for another successful year. 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. They educate residents about efficient ways to use water in your landscape, ways to use beautiful native plants and how to protect our local water quality. Help Ventura become the most water-efficient community in California by learning more about these drought-busting topics:
 
March 26: Permaculture Design ~ Permaculture is a philosophy of working with nature rather than against it.  Join local permaculturist Eric Werbalowsky to learn how to include permaculture design elements in your garden. This class will be held at the Avenue Adult Center, 550 No. Ventura Ave.
 
April 30: Compost & Healthy Soils ~ Healthy soil and compost help to retain water and suppress weeds, and can even act as a carbon sink. There are more than a billion living critters in just one teaspoon of living, healthy soil. This class will be held at Cornucopia Gardens on Telegraph Road between Johnson Drive and Ramelli Avenue. 
 
June 4: Designing & Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden ~ Are you overwhelmed with the idea of designing a water wise garden? Learn how to incorporate principles of design such as unity, line, form, texture, color, scale and balance. Join Cari Vega, a local landscape designer, for this class at the city’s Public Works Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road. 
 
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 efficiently. This class will be held 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. 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.
 
For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/waterwise or call 652-4501.
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Dear Valued Customer,

Well, it is uncertain if Ventura will get any significant rain from this El Niño. We are not even close to a normal rainfall year at this point and Ventura has received just a little over half the rain of a normal rainfall year. The rain and snow up north is great for those communities that receive water from the State Water Project, but as you know Ventura uses 100 percent local water. So the next words I write will be “continue to use water wisely and make it a way of life.”  Ventura Water customers have excelled in conservation and we know you can keep it up. Keep your eye out for more rebates and programs in the coming months. 

While conserving we continue to look for new sustainable water resources. In gauging what the best new source will be, the City is working with the UCSB Bren School Graduate program to receive community feedback. Click here to fill out a quick online survey (your 5-digit key code to take the survey is: 50001) to tell us what you think of VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse as a potential new water supply. 

Lastly, on Thursday, March 24, we invite you to our fourth annual Water: Take 1 Awards Celebration hosted by Brooks Institute. This evening is filled with creative short films all about the value of water.  This event showcases the top water-themed short films which all focus attention on the value of water.  Join us for drinks and refreshments! Please RSVP here.

Sincerely,





Shana Epstein,
Vent
ura Water General Manager

We Need Your Feedback!
A group of UC Santa Barbara graduate students is studying public perceptions of water reuse technologies in the Ventura area. This anonymous, voluntary survey will take you no more than  7 minutes to complete. Your input will help with a masters thesis project on how cities can involve their communities with citywide water projects, like potable reuse. 

To take the survey, please follow the link below. (Your 5-digit key code to take the survey is: 50001.) Thanks for your participation!
 
www.surveymonkey.com
/r/brenpotablereuse












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