Emergency Preparedness Month
In honor of National Preparedness Month, all residents are encouraged to take action by developing an emergency response plan. Water is an essential resource for survival and a necessary part of every emergency supply kit.

Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency. Make sure to stock enough tap or bottled water to last three to seven days. Anticipate each family member will need one to two gallons of water per day. Additionally, customers should be prepared to disinfect available water by boiling water or using regular unscented chlorine bleach products that are suitable for disinfection and sanitation as indicated on the label. To learn more about how to safely disinfect drinking water during an emergency please visit the Emergency Preparedness page.

Remember, water disaster preparedness involves four easy steps:
1. Store water
2. Build an emergency kit
3. Make a plan and
4. Stay informed

Residents and businesses are encouraged to register online at VC Alert to receive emergency updates and critical messages like evacuation notices. Be sure to visit Ready Ventura County or VC Emergency for more information about how to prepare for the unexpected. 
California Drought
Due to prolonged drought conditions and extreme heat throughout California, Governor Gavin Newson recently declared a Drought State of Emergency in 50 counties across the State. While Ventura County is not included in the current proclamations, the Governor is encouraging all Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent.

Looking for ways to save? Ventura Water is here to help! Apply for one of our water conversation programs or schedule a free consultation with a Water Conservation Specialist by calling Customer Care at (805) 667-6500.

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 our customers 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 about Ventura’s current water supply situation, visit Ventura Water’s Water Shortage Update webpage.
Drive-Up Giveaway Event
Join Ventura Water and the Environmental Sustainability Division for a free drive-up giveaway! City of Ventura residents are invited to pickup conservation kits and trade in their old incandescent or CFL bulbs for LED bulbs (limit 5 LED bulbs per household). Multiple styles of household bulbs will be accepted for disposal.

Register for the event here!
Bug of the Month
September’s Bug(s) of the Month are filamentous couples. These pairs look alike and can often be seen thriving under the same conditions. In fact, filamentous couples are so similar that wastewater operators often have a difficult time telling them apart! This however isn’t a problem, as either of the coupled species can indicate the same conditions. Filamentous bacteria can be used to identify different wastewater conditions like low dissolved oxygen or low nutrient conditions.

As a reminder, filamentous couples and other sensitive microbes can be impacted when the wrong things are sent down the drain. To keep our treatment system running smoothly, be sure only to flush the three P’s- pee, poo and paper!

For more information, visit our Think Before You Flush webpage.
Greywater/ Rainwater Harvesting
Interested in the potential benefits of greywater and rainwater harvesting? Learn tips and techniques to collect rainwater and reuse household greywater from your washing machine to irrigate your landscape.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:00 - 11:30 am
Water Commission
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on October, 26, 2021.
Final Days: Take the Visioning Survey
Give feedback in just 10 minutes that will impact the next 20+ years! 
The Visioning Survey takes a comprehensive look at what it means to live, work, and visit in the City of Ventura. Make your voice heard by sharing your vision and how you'd like Ventura to evolve over time. 
The Visioning Survey focuses on locations of new development, including office space, retail, affordable housing, and more as well as community values like Ventura's unique character, equity, and justice! 

To get involved in the General Plan, attend an upcoming General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting, or subscribe for email notifications, visit www.PlanVentura.com.

Survey Deadline: Sunday, October 3, 2021