Drought Update
In response to California’s third consecutive year of drought conditions, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted emergency drought regulations on May 24, 2022. The emergency regulation places a ban on irrigation of non-functional or decorative grass for commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) sectors. Ventura Water is also required to implement demand reduction actions.

At this time, single-family residential properties in the City of Ventura are encouraged to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent. Stricter measures, including implementing water shortage rates and mandatory outdoor watering restrictions, could go into effect if demand reductions are not achieved through voluntary efforts.

As a reminder, the City will continue to enforce water waste prohibitions, offer water efficiency programs/incentives, and pursue multi-benefit water supply projects, such as the State Water Interconnection Project and the VenturaWaterPure Program. Ventura Water extends its sincere appreciation to Ventura residents for their continued commitment to improved water efficiency as the State of California shifts towards “making water conservation a California way of life”.

For more information, please refer to the State Water Board’s water conservation emergency regulations webpage here.

Mobile Reuse Program
Did you know Ventura Water offers its customers an unlimited supply of recycled water for free? Customers can bring their suitable container(s) to our wastewater treatment facility and receive up to 300 gallons per visit. This very clean water can be used for landscape irrigation and dust control and is safe when properly applied to fruit and vegetable plants. A training class is required and there is a $75 per year permit fee. You can read about and sign up for Ventura Water's Mobile Reuse Program here. And check out all of our water saving programs on our website.
Wastewater Treatment - Process Flow: Tertiary Treatment Filters
Following the biological processes of secondary wastewater treatment that was described last month, wastewater moves to the third phase in the process. This starts at the tertiary treatment filters. After the water passes though these mixed media filters made of sand and gravel, it has the cleanliness standard of recycled water. Once the water reaches this level of treatment, we can offer it to our customers through our Mobile Reuse Program described above.

Our system is well-designed to do its job and it's important to prevent entry of any contaminants that could possibly damage it. Remember, think before you flush and only flush the 3 P’s- pee, poo and (toilet) paper! 

To learn more about the City's wastewater treatment process, visit our Wastewater page.
2022 Gardening Series -
Ocean Friendly Gardening Walking Tour
Join us Saturday, June 25, 2022, as we return to meeting in-person for our gardening series! This month's class on ocean friendly gardening will begin with a short lecture followed by a walking tour of nearby ocean friendly residential gardens.

Classes are free to the public and held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Register for the Ocean Friendly Gardening class event here!
Employment Opportunities
Water Commission - June Meeting Cancelled
The Water Commission Meeting scheduled for June 28, 2022, has been cancelled. The July meeting date will be announced in the near future.

Click here for meeting agendas and more information.