Check out this free, easy online tool for homeowners - Home Water Works - launched by the Alliance for Water Efficiency to Test Your Water IQ and discover how you use water, along with valuable tips to whittle away hundreds of gallons.
The Water Calculator, the website's interactive tool, makes water saving a personal equation. In less than a minute, you can estimate your family's average daily use - indoors and out. The Water Calculator guides you from bathroom to kitchen to backyard, suggesting ways to save more water and taking into account steps already taken such as drip irrigation or low-flow toilets. Then, follow the links to see how simple tips can lead to big savings.
The estimates are based on national water use studies and climate data, tailored by zip code. Created through a unique partnership by the Alliance for Water Efficiency with Chicago's Field Museum and financed in part by a grant from the Home Depot, the Water Calculator also estimates the carbon footprint associated with heating water for your home.
How Can I Be More Water Efficient?
A healthy watershed is important to all of us.
We are fortunate to have local water sources that are rather pristine. Our community does not receive water from the State Water Project. What falls locally here in our watershed is what is available for us to use. Our water customers continue to be critical in reducing Ventura's overall water demand. Customers use less water today then in 1970, even though the population has increased by 80%. Even in non-drought years water conservation makes sense, since unused water can be stored and made available for use later. Did you know that 40 to 60% or more of a typical household water use is outdoor irrigation? Toilets and washing machines tend to be the highest indoor water users. That's one area where you can focus your efforts to maximize your results.
The following are a few websites that provide information and resources to help you conserve water in your home:
Water Efficiency Plan
The City Council provided feedback and approved the Water Efficiency Plan on September 19, 2011. The plan is the action program resulting from requirements in the recently adopted Urban Water Management Plan, and includes a suite of current and proposed programs and actions intended to engage our customers in the pursuit of greater water and energy efficiency over the next five years.
Water Efficiency Plan (pdf 1172KB)
The City Council adopted the Final 2010 Urban Water Management Plan on June 20, 2011 following a Public Hearing earlier that month. A number of interested parties submitted comments which are addressed in the Final Report and a Response Matrix. As required, the Plan has been submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
Our Urban Water Management Plan is designed to assess the reliability of the City’s water sources, support long-term resource planning, and ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future water demands. Prepared every five years, this Plan also addresses new requirements to comply with State legislation (Senate Bill X7-7) to reduce overall water usage.
Amended 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (pdf 24,289KB)
Originally adopted in June 2011, the 2010 Urban Water Management Plan was amended in May 2012 by the addition of Appendix H.
Response to Comments Matrix (pdf 87KB)
Ventura’s Urban Water Management Plan 2005 (pdf 17,510KB)