Dear Valued Customers,
Earlier this month, City Council approved the long-awaited State Water Interconnection Project and directed staff to move forward on the project’s final design. This milestone decision demonstrates local leader’s commitment to improving water security for future generations.
The California State Water Project (SWP) is a major water storage and delivery system that extends more than 700 miles or two-thirds the length of California! Through a system of reservoirs, aqueducts, and pumping plants, the SWP delivers nearly 4.2 million acre-feet of water per year to people in the Bay Area, San Joaquin Velley, the Central Coast and Southern California.
Since 1971, the City of Ventura has owned an entitlement of 10,000 acre foot per year of State Water but has lacked infrastructure to access it. Through a seven-mile pipeline, the interconnection project will provide a physical connection to high quality source of drinking water.
Water from the SWP is particularly beneficial during years when Northern California receives a large volume of rain but Southern California remains dry. The interconnection project will allow Ventura to supplement local surface and groundwater sources which have been negatively affected by many years of drought and continued regulatory and legal challenges.
This project not only benefits Ventura, it allows for beneficial exchange of State Water between partner agencies including Calleguas Municipal Water District, Casitas Municipal Water District and United Water Conservation District. The project is made possible through collaboration between neighboring agencies that share a common goal to enhance local and regional water security.
In the upcoming months staff will be working to finalize the project's design, secure regional agreements, and acquire land for pipeline construction. We remain committed to providing the community with regular project updates as we move forward!