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Pipeline Aug 2013

Ventura Water Wants You

A new Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee will hold its first public meeting on Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard – Assembly Room, 336 Sanjon Road. All customers and interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend to offer community input for an update of Ventura’s Cost of Service study, the basis of water and wastewater rates.
 
The study will review the 10-year financial plans that include operational costs (water supplies, electricity and treatment) as well as capital replacement and improvement projects for Ventura’s aging pipelines and facilities. The committee will also consider other associated financial issues with the public invited to participate and comment during each meeting.
 
The future meetings are tentatively scheduled for October 23 and November 13 at the same time and location. Raftelis Financial Consultants, a leader in the utility rate industry, will assist the committee whose members volunteered for this limited-time service. All Ventura residents, returning members of the 2011-12 committee include Diane de Mailly, Don Mills, John Mundy, Marty Melvin and Robert McCord. New members include Ted Cook, Ed McCombs, Suzanne McCombs and Douglas Hahn.
 
For more information about the study and meetings, visit www.venturawater.net or call Ventura Water Customer Care at (805) 667-6500.

Time to Register for Free Water-Wise Landscaping Classes

Ventura’s free, practical, hands-on landscaping classes are filling up quickly so register soon to attend SoCal Bloomers on Saturday, September 14 at Green Thumb Nursery on Victoria Avenue. Sponsored by Ventura Water, Green Thumb Nursery and Aqua-Flo Supply, this series of classes is designed to help customers explore beautiful changes to their outdoor landscaping that are also water thrifty, protect our water resources and reduce green waste. 
 
All classes are scheduled for Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. at various Ventura locations. Registration is available online at cityofventura.net/water/landscape or by calling (805) 652-4501.
 
Class Schedule
 
September 14, 2013 ~ SoCal Bloomers ~ Green Thumb Nursery
Discover colorful, climate-appropriate plants to incorporate beautifully into your landscape.
 
October 12, 2013 ~ Ocean Friendly Gardens ~ City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Learn how to employ Ocean Friendly Garden principles of Conservation, Permeability and Retention (CPR).
 
November 9, 2013 ~ Urban Gold ~ City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Hosted by Aqua-Flo Supply, expand your knowledge about the water-holding capacity and biology of soil, including creating healthy compost, compost teas and natural humates that improve the vitality of soil.
 
March 2014 (exact date TBD) ~ Turf Alternatives ~ City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Learn how to easily reduce overall turf area, cap and abandon those zones, and add permeable hardscape or replant areas with low-water use alternatives.
 
April 2014 (exact date TBD) ~ Edible Harvest ~ Green Thumb Nursery
Join the growing movement to incorporate edibles into your landscape and discover why it’s beneficial, what to plant and when, and the benefits of non-toxic pest control.
 
May 2014 (exact date TBD) ~ Water-Wise Gardening ~ City Sanjon Maintenance Yard
Hosted by Aqua-Flo Supply, irrigate your landscape efficiently with the use of drip spray nozzles and select a smart controller that is right for you.



 



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Dear Customer,

With summer drawing to a close, it’s Back to School time! There are questions and concerns buzzing through young minds such as … “Who is my teacher?” and, “Which friend is in my class?”

At Ventura Water, we have our own version of “Back to School,” and it’s called the “Cost of Service Study.” The study process shows all the vulnerabilities and strengths of this utility for everyone to see, just like walking through a classroom door to meet a new teacher who is ready to challenge you in a new grade.

This September 11, the Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee will assemble its first public meeting to hear and learn about how Ventura Water spends its money and how the rates are created to collect revenue from our customers in an equitable manner. Unlike many industries that charge their customers for services, Ventura Water engages our customers from the very beginning of the rate setting process. Ventura Water is the community’s utility, and how we reinvest in the infrastructure to provide a high quality and reliable supply for generations to come is as much a decision of the community as those of us who come to work every day with that mission.

You are invited to the three scheduled meetings to listen, learn, share and express ideas about how Ventura Water should continue to thrive. (All meetings start at 6 p.m. at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard on September 11, October 23, and November 13.)  See you there!

Sincerely,





Shana Epstein,
Vent
ura Water General Manager

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