Ventura Needs More Water
Ventura is one of biggest cities in California to rely solely on local water supplies. Rainfall feeds Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater basins to meet all community needs. But prolonged drought and regulations have reduced the local water supply. Without additional supply, Ventura’s water needs will outpace its supply by 20% to 30% as early as 2035.
After a decade of study and analysis, the City proposes two solutions: VenturaWaterPure and the State Water Interconnection Project. Combined, the projects would diversify Ventura’s water supply; secure a new, locally-owned water source; meet regulatory requirements; improve water quality; and meet future water supply needs.
VenturaWaterPure: Keep water we already have
The proposed VenturaWaterPure Project would divert, treat and re-use water that’s currently discharged into the Santa Clara River Estuary. A new advanced water treatment facility would treat water to its purist form, creating a new, locally-owned supply that isn’t dependent on rainfall.
Timing is Key
The time is now to address our water needs and regulatory commitments. A water reuse project must be implemented in the next six years to remain in compliance and meet water supply needs. Advanced potable reuse technology will give the City the flexibility to meet current and future regulations for water reuse alongside other forward-thinking communities.