Rainwater Harvesting

Augmenting Your Water Supply

Did you realize you can harvest approximately 620 gallons per 1,000 square feet of roof space in just 1 inch of rainfall?

Rainwater harvesting is a great way to augment water supply for your garden. A rain barrel discount program for City of Ventura residents is now available through Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water.

Purchasing Your Rain Barrel

Working in cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the Channel / Bushman 50-gallon rain barrel with a retail value of $92 will be available for $45 plus tax at their store with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher (PDF). Along with the voucher, proof of Ventura residency such as a Ventura Water bill or other utility bill or document that shows a City of Ventura address (not a driver's license) must be shown to receive the discount.

Two rain barrel discounts are available per customer or residential address. Additional rain barrels may be purchased at the full retail price. The rain barrel is for non-potable water use only. Beside downloading from the link above, vouchers are also available through Environmental Sustainability by calling 805-652-4584. This program is subject to availability of supply and while funds last.

Other Ways to Be "Green"

Being green is easy when you know what to do. Reduce junk mail by signing up for our Catalog Choice Program. Reduce waste by using reusable shopping bags and/or water bottles. For other interesting ideas, check out Earth 911.

Conserving energy is another way to be "green." There are a number of ways to reduce energy consumption in your homes and businesses which translates into financial savings, reduce carbon emissions and a better way of life. Check out the online Energy Tool with Southern California Edison to learn more and research rebates.

For more information on water conservation, head over to our Water Efficiency page.

Interested in volunteering? Check out Volunteer Ventura's page for upcoming opportunities.