Working Together To Protect Public Health
The wastewater collection system and the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility provide vital public health services to our community. In partnership with our customers, we are dedicated to managing the quality of water, including the prevention of harmful substances, that enter our wastewater (sewer) system for cleaning.
Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF) employs 14 state licensed operators working around the clock, 365 days per year. The operators are responsible for maintaining the tertiary treatment process of water flowing into the facility. The operators work diligently to ensure all discharge meets and exceeds the requirements set forth in our NPDES Permit issued from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF) Maintenance section is comprised of Utility Mechanics, Electricians, and a Welder, totaling 8 staff members. Maintenance staff members are active participants of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Maintenance staff is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all equipment at the (VWRF), as well as the 11 wastewater lift stations and 5 storm water lift stations located throughout the City.
Ventra Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF) employs 7 utility collection system operators. All collection system operators are certified through the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) in Collection System Maintenance. The Collections Crew is responsible for maintaining 305 miles of sewer pipeline throughout the City. They are also tasked with assessing the integrity of the sewer lines and manholes. Collection operations staff is available around the clock 365 days a year.
To ensure that the citizens of Ventura have access to safe drinking water, the laboratory is responsible for collecting and analyzing water in the distribution system to ensure that the City’s drinking water supply meets and exceeds all State regulatory requirements. To protect the health of local ecosystems, the laboratory also collects and analyzes water samples from the wastewater treatment process to ensure that the City meet’s all discharge requirements as required by its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the State of California. In addition, the laboratory analyzes water from industrial dischargers within the City aiding the Environmental Compliance Division to ensure industries are complying with the City’s sewer ordinance.
Municipal Code Rules & Regulations
The rules and regulations governing the City's pretreatment program, as well as other areas, are contained in the City's Municipal Code:
Division 22 - Public Utilities, Part 2 - Sewer Service.
Chapter 22.200 - General Provisions
Chapter 22.210 - Sewer Connections
Chapter 22.215 - Sewer Capacity Deficiency Fee - Downtown District and Ventura Avenue Corridor
Chapter 22.220 - Sewer Service Charges
Chapter 22.230 - Additional Sewer Services Charges
Chapter 22.240 - Industrial Pretreatment and Discharge of Liquid and Nondomestic Waste
Chapter 22.250 - Private Sewer Laterals
Industrial Wastewater Prohibited Discharge Standards (PDF) is incorporated into the Sewer Use Ordinance in Chapter 22.240.240 by reference.