The City of Ventura is encouraging community members to take the 2020 Census by the new deadline of September 30, 2020. 

“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that our community is accurately counted in the Census,” said Ventura City Manager, Alex D. McIntyre. “The results of this once-a-decade count determine the amount of funding and resources Ventura will receive for the next 10 years. It’s important that every household and business is counted so we can secure critical resources for public and social services like education, healthcare, and infrastructure projects.”

Take the Census today at or call (844) 330-2020.
The City of Ventura and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Amend Settlement Agreement
The City is pleased to share that it has reached an amended agreement with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper in the lawsuit regarding the pumping and diversion of water from the Ventura River Watershed. Of the collaboration, Ben Pitterle, Channelkeeper’s Science and Policy Director states, “This is a meaningful commitment to preserve river flows until a long-term solution is finalized, and we are glad to have been able to reach it through dialogue with the City.”

Additionally, the court has granted the City’s request to extend the deadline for people to file an answer from September 8 to October 30, 2020. The City and the other parties working on a locally proposed plan are planning to release the document on September 15, 2020, for public review. The extension of the deadline to file an answer will enable people to review the proposed document before they decide whether to enter the case by filing an answer.

To see the full press release, and to have access to the most updated information, please visit — the City’s website dedicated exclusively to this issue.
Free Gardening Class
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020,
10:00 -11:30 AM

Healthy soils are the name of the game! Join David White with the Center for Regenerative Agriculture to learn how to enhance soil and plant health using unique composting techniques.
Ventura Water is offering qualifying customers a free instant hot water recirculating pump! The system connects to existing plumbing at the water heater to provide instant hot water to every faucet and shower in your home- saving up to 15,000 gallons of water a year!

This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to apply online visit the Instant Hot Water Recirculating Pump webpage.
What is Source Control?
The definition of source control is to control or stop a pollutant at its source before it enters a system or the environment. Source control is a cost-effective and successful approach to preventing water pollution.

Ventura Water’s Environmental Compliance Team is responsible for protecting the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility and wastewater collection system from pollutants that may cause harm to the environment or interfere with operations. Conventional wastewater treatment plants are not designed to treat all pollutants; therefore, source control efforts are extremely important to public health and water quality.

YOU can help protect vital infrastructure and prevent pollution with these simple source control tips:

  • Think before you flush: These everyday items should never be flushed down the toilet: “flushable” wipes, diapers, cotton balls, sanitary products, cat litter, medications, and more!

  • Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): HHW includes batteries, paints, pesticides, motor oil, and more! It is illegal for these products to be placed in the trash, poured down the drain, or dumped in the storm drain. The City offers monthly collection events for residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste. For more information, visit Environmental Sustainability’s HHW webpage.

  • Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG): When poured down the drain, FOG hardens and accumulates in pipes, causing damaging blockages in the wastewater collection system. Be sure to collect FOG in a concealed container and dispose of it in the proper trash receptacle.