I am Gina Dorrington, and I am honored to be your new General Manager. I have over 20 years' experience in the water and wastewater field, with the last seven of those years serving Ventura. I've had the opportunity to work within every aspect of the industry and I love the career it has given me. I can tell you that the men and women who serve you at Ventura Water are some of the best. We have such a dedicated and knowledgeable staff that prioritizes our water resources, ensuring that we uphold the community's health and safety and meet environmental compliance. I am extremely proud to be a part of this team.
I am also thrilled to be part of Ventura's water future with such exciting projects as the State Water InterconnectionProject and VenturaWaterPureProgram. The forward thinking here in Ventura is ensuring that we can continue to thrive and grow while sustaining our water resources.
I have been so impressed with how responsible our customers are in their effort to conserve water and participate in discussions about water. The response to the last drought, a 23% reduction in water use, was amazing! And the utilization of recycled water for irrigation has been great. With another drought upon us, we are going to have to continue those efforts to ensure we sustain our water supplies. We are asking for voluntary efforts now, knowing that you met those goals once before, and in the hopes that we don't have to implement stricter restrictions. We can do this!
It has already been a beautiful summer and we have so many programs to promote conservation and show how to use water wisely. There are a lot of questions on how we should do our part and our staff is here to answer those for you. Thank you for your support and dedication to our water resources.
Source Control Program - Safeguarding Our Water
Industrial dischargers can present a significant risk due to the types of chemical contaminants used in industrial processes. Ventura Water actively engages our industrial community to foster cooperative relationships and help them understand their role in protecting our water quality. Stakeholder education and involvement combined with robust monitoring makes up a vital part of the framework of our enhanced Source Control Program. Together, we can manage and minimize the discharge of chemicals and contaminants at the source.
The last stops on our wastewater treatment journey are the chlorine contact tanks and, finally, the wildlife ponds. Chlorine kills any bacteria that may still be present and sulfur dioxide is used to remove any left-over chlorine before sending the treated water back to the natural water cycle. Our wildlife ponds discharge into the Santa Clara River Estuary, an important local ecosystem. Did you know the ponds are renowned for their birding opportunities and that a well-maintained, flat walking path can be accessed year-round?
Even after the treatment process, some contaminants like microfibers, microplastics and contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) can bypass the system and end up in these beautiful ecosystems. Residents can do their part by purchasing clothing made of natural materials, using eco-friendly cleaning products and never sending trash down the drain. You can find more tips on our Think Before You Flush webpage and remember, 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.
Ways to Save Water this Summer!
In response to a historically dry year, we encourage our customers to look for new ways to save water this summer. Have you applied for Ventura Water's Irrigation Retrofit Program?