Governor Gavin Newson Calls For Voluntary Water Use Reductions 
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.
Bug of the Month
July’s bug of the month is the crawling ciliates, otherwise known as the “cows of wastewater”. These organisms use cilia, small hair-like structures, to crawl the edges of floc and graze on loosely attached bacteria. While grazing the edges of floc, crawling ciliates often fall prey to their carnivorous cousin, the swimming ciliates. To combat against these predators, one type of crawling ciliates has developed the ability to alter its exoskeleton, making it too large to consume.

Crawling ciliates are a type of protozoan whose presence indicated a stable and healthy wastewater environment. Our wastewater operators closely monitor the types of microorganisms living in the wastewater. A healthy amount of crawling ciliates indicate that everything is going according to plan!

It’s important to remember that crawling ciliates are sensitive microbes that can be negatively impacted when the wrong things are sent down the drain. To keep our system balanced, we would like to remind our customers always to think before you flush! Be sure to only flush the three P’s- pee, poo and paper!

For more information, visit our Think Before You Flush webpage. is an online resource with water wise landscape design ideas, plant lists, garden galleries and much more!

Interested in replacing your lawn with a low-water landscape? Ventura Water offers a $2 per square foot rebate. Apply here.
Flowers in Low-Water Use Gardens
This class will cover a variety of perennials, colorful shrubs, flowering succulents, hedges, and trees that can help make low-water gardens colorful and attractive all year.
Saturday, August 7
10:00 - 11:30 am
Water Commission
The Water Commission will not be meeting during the months of July and August. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September, 28, 2021.