Ventura Water  I  Pipeline  I  Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 2013
Pipeline Jan 2013

“Real People, Real Savings” Landscapes Are Real Beautiful, Too

California’s Save Our Water is showcasing three Ventura water-efficient landscapes as part of their Real People, Real Savings initiative. Highlighting new water smart choices for our outdoor living areas, this project has traveled across the state to photograph and talk with real, trend-setting homeowners.  As a coastal community, Ventura’s residents have a strong environmental stewardship focus. Take a look over the fence to learn how your neighbors transformed their yards into landscapes that are sustainable, eco-friendly and beautiful, and save water, too.

Jon Huber: What surprises people most about my water-wise landscaping "How infrequently I water."
John Huber
Lisa Burton: What I like most about my water-wise garden "Giving back to the environment, capturing water run-off to prevent watershed pollution, and providing a rich wildlife habitat for birds, butterflies and other local creatures that have lost so much of their natural habitats to over-development and unfriendly traditional landscapes."

Rick Cole: Saving water is important...
"Because we are utterly dependent on it every single day and the supply of clean water is finite and the more we waste, the costlier it gets, in both financial and environmental terms. We are lucky to enjoy gardens and access to clean water, two luxuries for much of the world. Lush gardens with little water is practically a miracle, which means I have an everyday miracle in my own front yard."

Your Ventura Water Rates at Work
New East Ventura Well
Ventura Water recently completed the drilling and installation of a new groundwater supply well located in East Ventura, near Wells and Telephone Roads.
Installation of the 600-feet deep well, known as Saticoy Well #3, was a 24-hour operation because stopping can cause an incomplete well to collapse. Special sound curtains were erected around the construction site because of its close proximity to residential homes and the need to continue well drilling operations at night.  
Design efforts are near completion for the aboveground piping and an enclosure for the well that will look like a residential home. These final steps will be under construction by this summer and will be completed by the end of the calendar year. Once in operation, Saticoy Well #3 will pump up to 3,000 gallons per minute of fresh water from the Santa Paula groundwater basin and is expected to improve drinking water supply reliability as other wells begin to near the end of their life cycles.
Catalina Waterline Replacement
Construction will soon get underway for the North Catalina Street Waterline Replacement project. This is the final phase of the downtown hillside waterline replacements behind Ventura High School, where approximately five miles of water pipes have been replaced over the past two years. 
The work will consist of replacing two additional miles of 50-year old, undersized and deteriorated 8-inch cast iron waterlines with new plastic pipe that will last for 100 years or more! Work will take place on Encinal Way, Encinal Place, Linda Vista Avenue, Foster Avenue, North Catalina Street, El Jardin Avenue, Palomar Avenue, Hyland Avenue and Hall Canyon Road. Construction is scheduled to start in February and will take about four months to complete. After the new water pipe is installed, the streets will be resurfaced with new asphalt.
Ventura Water has a waterline replacement program that calls for the replacement of 2-3 miles of waterlines every year. A large percentage of Ventura’s pipe network consists of 50-plus year old cast iron, which is susceptible to corrosion and is one of the main causes for waterline breaks in the city.
Wastewater Pipeline Replacement at Harbor Boulevard
Work is also scheduled to start this month on the replacement of a badly corroded section of the Seaside Transfer Station (STS) Force Main. This wastewater collection main pipeline transfers 2.9 million gallons of untreated wastewater daily from the west side of Ventura to the Water Reclamation Facility located near Ventura Harbor. The STS Force Main is 20 inches in diameter and made of ductile iron, which is susceptible to corrosion. The pipe was constructed in 1971 and extends a total of 3.5 miles. This project will replace about 500 feet of the most corroded portions along Harbor Boulevard between Beachmont Street and the Arundell Barranca. By reducing the risk of failure, the new pipe will protect public health and nearby waterways from a hazardous sewer spill in the future.

Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager

Dear Customer:

When you think of winter, what comes to mind? Enjoying hot chocolate … escaping to the snow for a great Southern California experience … or averaging your water usage to calculate your wastewater charge that will begin next July.
You are not alone if watching your water use is not high on your winter activity list! That’s not surprising since most customers use the least amount of water at this time of year because outdoor watering is not needed due to the cooler temps and rain.

So, this is a reminder that making wise consumption choices now will not only reduce your next bill, but can positively impact your wastewater charge for the entire next fiscal year. As part of the restructuring of Ventura Water’s residential rates last year, the calculation method for the wastewater usage changed from the lowest usage on one bill during winter months to averaging water usage during two billing periods. Since water used in your home is not metered when it enters the collection system for transportation to the Water Reclamation Facility for cleaning, indoor use must be estimated.

As stated earlier, outdoor watering is typically not needed during the winter in Ventura; water consumed during this time provides the best information for calculating approximate indoor water use per residential customer.

Put more simply, you need to know that your wastewater charge is set based on the previous average winter water use, begins each July, and will remain the same amount for the next year. If you would like more information of which billing periods are averaged for your cycle and the rates starting July 1, please visit

The next time you are sipping hot chocolate, we hope that it reminds you to turn off your sprinklers, fix that leaking toilet, or insist your teenagers take shorter showers. (OK, we can dream, right?)

Shana Epstein
Shana Epstein
Ventura Water General Manager
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