Ocean Outfall

About the ocean outfall 

A new ocean outfall is a critical component of the VenturaWaterPure Program, as it allows for the 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. Read the press release.

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Construction details

To limit community impacts, the outfall will be constructed through a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) process. 

  • Offshore Segment: The HDD will push a pipe through a hole starting in Marina Park that will run under the park and ocean floor to 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.

    A separate HDD will push a pipe from Marina Park under the Harbor to Anchors Way, connecting the pipe with the Onshore Segment. 

  • Onshore Segment: The pipe from Marina Park will then connect with pipelines that will be trenched along Anchors Way, Schooner Drive, and Harbor Boulevard.

For safety and to limit community impacts, sound walls and temporary fencing will contain most of the construction activities. Public access to the beach, walking paths, and the Leo Robbins Sailing Center will be maintained. 

Estimated schedule

  • Construction schedule: September 2023 through July 2024 (major work activities at Marina Park are anticipated to be completed by May 2024).  
  • Work hours: Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Note: critical work activities may occur for limited 24-hour intervals.

Contact us

Leave a message with our Construction Management Team at 805-500-8103

Visit our Construction Updates webpage for the latest information on construction activity. 

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Project background 

The City of Ventura is pursuing VenturaWaterPure, a purified recycled water 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. 

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