The City of Ventura is pursuing VenturaWaterPure, a potable reuse project that will recover, treat, and reuse water that is currently discharged into the Santa Clara River Estuary. This project will divert treated water from Ventura’s wastewater treatment facility to a new Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), where the water will be treated to drinking water standards and then injected into a local groundwater basin for storage, and later extracted and delivered to customers. The VenturaWaterPure project will allow the City to meet legal and regulatory requirements, improve water quality, and secure a new local source of drinking water that is drought resilient.
A new ocean outfall is a critical component of VenturaWaterPure Project, as it allows for disposal of concentrate generated by the new Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), diverts wet weather flows that exceed AWPF treatment capacity, provides an emergency backup disposal in case the AWPF is offline.
The construction of the outfall will not take place for several years (anticipated 2024). To limit impacts to the community, the outfall will be constructed through a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) process. The HDD will push a pipe through a hole that will start in Marina Park and emerge approximately 2000- 4000 feet offshore. The outfall pipe will then continue along the ocean floor until it reaches an approximate water depth of 50 feet. For additional information view Frequently Asked Questions below.