FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes

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Ventura Water, Aqua-flo and Green Thumb Nursery are presenting a series of six FREE Water Wise classes, one Saturday a month from 10:00am-11:30am.  The classes began on September 14, 2013 and are currently planned through early 2014.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as much as 50% of the water we use outdoors is wasted from inefficient water methods and systems.

“In Southern California, most communities rely on water that has to be imported from far away places.  This process requires a lot of electricity,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Jill Sarick.  “In Ventura, while we are fortunate that we can rely on all local water sources, more than 30% of our $4.3 million dollar electricity bill is used to treat and move water to homes and businesses within the City.  Ironically, we consume all this energy to bring water to our homes and businesses, and what we see many times, is that water used outdoors is often wasted due to inefficient watering systems, over watering, poorly designed landscapes, and a misunderstanding of climate appropriate plants and soil preparations like mulch.”

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“Water and electricity rates are continuing to rise throughout California.  When residents know what works best for their landscape, they can help conserve water resources and thus minimize the negative impact on the environment,” continued Sarick. “Remember that water rates consist of many fixed costs. By consuming less water, individuals are helping the entire community avoid the possibility of having to bring in other water sources, which will only further increase rates.

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“By presenting the Water Wise Classes,” continued Sarick, “We hope to help residents learn about water efficiency, how best to protect our local water quality and energy resources, as well as learning about native and climate appropriate plants that help preserve the environment.

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Check locations and dates for the FREE classes.  RSVPs are recommended.  Call (805) 652-4501 and for more information visit: http://www.CityofVentura.net/water/landscape

 

green_podcast_logo_2Listen to the Sustainable Ventura PODCAST with Jill Sarick about the series, CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

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