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Reviewing your water bill is a good first step to understand how much water is being used. Fixing leaks both indoors and outdoors is the easiest step to reduce water use. One leaking toilet can waste between 300 to 60,000 gallons per month and even a slow drip from a faucet can use 450 gallons per month. Outdoor leaks from irrigation systems are also responsible for a lot of water waste.
A free water efficiency survey is a great way to:
1) Decode your bill. Learn how to read your water meter and understand your water bill.
2) Assess your usage. A complete evaluation of your indoor and outdoor water usage, including leak detection.
3) Save water. Free water conservation devices and recommendations to save water.
Free water saving devices such as showerheads, garden hose shut-off nozzles, and shower shut-off valvels are also available to residents at the Ventura Water booth during community special events, at City Hall Treasury, located at:
501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
As well as at the Building Permit offices, located at:
You can also accomplish all of this by contacting Customer Care at 805-667-6500. Most of these items and more are also available in the Environmental Sustainability Kits offered free to residents this summer by contacting the City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability Division at 805-652-4525.
Lawns are commonly over-watered and there are a number of strategies customers can use to help their landscapes through the drought. The top recommendation is to cycle start your irrigation times. The idea is to break up your lawn watering into shorter irrigation times, but have it run two or three times within an hour or so.
Example: I water my lawn for 10 minutes at 7 am every Wednesday. After 5 minutes of watering I notice the water starts to run off of the lawn and onto the sidewalk. The water runs off because the lawn is saturated, meaning the remaining 5 minutes of irrigation the lawn does not soak up the water well. This is inefficient.
Instead I would want to implement the cycle start method. With the cycle start method I now water for 5 minutes at 7 am, then set another start time at 7:40 am for another 5 minutes every.
This time in-between starts will allow the water to soak deeper into the lawn without run-off. The deeper the water soaks in the deeper the grass roots grow to reach it. Deep roots will help to establish a strong and healthy lawn.
If you notice your water start to run off after 3 mins you can cycle start three times. 7 am run irrigation for 3 minutes, 7:25 am run irrigation 3 minutes, 7:50 am run irrgation 3 minutes. Notice, cycle starts can be tricky to set up on a irrigation controller. If you still would like more clarity on best procedures for watering lawn request a free water efficiency survey.
If you have been considering alternative landscaping, such as native gardens or native grass or even synthetic lawns, then this may be a good time to make the switch.
For landscaping and gardening tips, as well as incentives, visit our rebates and incentives page or attend a free gardening class.