Ventura Water is Leading an Innovative Approach to Secure Water Supplies for the Future
Situated between two watersheds, the Ventura area has faced and addressed significant and complex water challenges over the last decade--from impacts on water quantity during extreme drought periods, to unprecedented regulatory demands requiring new treatment and discharge solutions, to litigation impacting historical use of local water supply sources.
The water challenges faced by our community have spanned and impacted the full spectrum of environmental, quality, available supply, treatment, and use. Water management planning and environmental studies to date show that without a new water resource solution, there will be insufficient supplies for the future and limited flexibility to meet coequal water needs.
Ventura Water has identified proactive, economical and innovative solutions with a mission to close the water cycle locally, utilizing innovative water recycling and reducing any loss of water through discharge. The City is advancing the proposed VenturaWaterPure Project which would include an Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) for potable water reuse.
The VenturaWaterPure Project is driven by a number of environmental, regulatory and water supply needs including a Consent Decree between the City of Ventura, Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper Program (Wishtoyo), and Heal the Bay for the protection of the Santa Clara River Estuary (SCRE) and the sensitive species that occupy the estuary.
After many years of special studies, research, stakeholder meetings, and a pilot demonstration facility, the City identified the best way to improve water reliability is to divert the tertiary-treated wastewater from discharge the SCRE to a new AWPF for potable reuse. The highly purified recycled water would be distributed directly through the water distribution system (direct potable reuse) and/or injected into a local groundwater basin before distribution (indirect potable reuse).
The final product of the this state-of-the-art AWPF would be a new, locally owned source of highly purified drinking water that provides Ventura with a long-term drought resilient water supply solution.
VenturaWaterPure was identified as the superior option to meet multiple objectives for protecting ecological resources, maximizing water reuse, and improving water supply reliability.
Creates a more resilient and reliable water supply:
- Reduces water supply risks resulting from climate change and drought impacts
Enhances environmental protection:
- Protects the beneficial uses of the SCRE and the sensitive species that occupy it, including the southern California steelhead, the tidewater goby, the California least tern, and the western snowy plover
- Meets new regulatory requirements and litigation obligations
Achieves new levels of water quality protecting local sources:
- Turns a once unused/discharged water source into a new recycled water asset, protecting the health of our surface water resources including the Santa Clara River Estuary, where current flows are discharged
VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility
Ventura Water partnered with the Water Research Foundation to develop a potable reuse demonstration facility. The facility tested advanced treatment on a small portion of the City’s tertiary-treated effluent, provided valuable data on the performance of purification technologies, and opportunities for public outreach and education.
The demonstration facility included a system of multiple barriers (treatment components) and extensive testing designed to prove the concept of potable reuse. During the nine months the Demonstration Facility ran, Ventura Water held over 60 tours and conducted surveys both at the site and in the City at large. The Demonstration Facility met all potable water quality goals and allowed the public to understand and gain confidence in potable reuse technologies.
Potable Reuse Projects
- Central Coast Blue in Pismo Beach
- Orange County Water District
- Las Virgenes-Triunfo Pure Water Project
- Pure Water San Diego
- Pure Water Monterey
- Santa Clara Valley Water District's Silicon Valley Advanced Purification Center
- Replenish Big Bear
- Ways of Water
- How Reuse Works
- San Diego's Pure Water Facility: How it Works
- El Paso Direct Potable Reuse
Comprehensive Water Resources Reports
- 2018 Comprehensive Water Resources Report
- 2017 Comprehensive Water Resources Report
- 2016 Comprehensive Water Resources Report
- 2018 June Scientific Review Panel (SRP) Final Recommendations
- 2018 Technical Review Team Comments on Scientific Review Panel (SRP) Report for Phase III Report
- 2018 Nutrient, Dissolved Oxygen, and Toxicity Special Study of the Santa Clara Estuary
- 2018 March Technical Review Team Comments Phase III Report
- 2018 Preliminary Hydrogeological Study Santa Clara River Estuary
- 2018 Final Phase III Studies Report
- 2018 Final Phase III Studies Appendices
- 2018 Comments and Responses to Comments Matrix on Draft Phase 3 Study
- 2017 Stakeholder Workshop Presentation
- 2017 Draft Phase III Studies Report
- 2017 Draft Phase III Studies Appendices
- 2014 Phase 2 Amended Final Report Estuary Special Studies
- 2014 Phase 3 Estuary Approval Work Plan
- 2011 Amended Final Report - Santa Clara River Estuary Subwatershed Study
- 2010 Phase 1 Recycled Water Market Study
- 2010 Treatment Wetlands Feasibility Report
- 2019 Ventura Water Supply Project Draft Environmental Impact Report
- 2019 Ventura Water Supply Project Draft Environmental Impact Report Appendices
- 2017 Notice of Preparation- Ventura Water Supply Projects
Urban Water Management Plans
- 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (Appendices (A-G))
- 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (Appendices(H))
- 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (Appendices(I-K))
- 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (Main Text)
- Errata Sheet for 2015 UWMP