Drought Updates

  1. Stage 3 Water Shortage
  2. Historical Drought Info
  3. Report Water Waste

City of Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Drought 

Based on the Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan, the City will remain in a Stage 3 water shortage event.
We are still asking customers to use water efficiently to achieve a 20% reduction.

Residents are required to:


  • Limit outdoor watering through a sprinkler irrigation system to only 2 days a week (a week is defined as Sunday through the following Saturday).
  • Water only between the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. (Due to evaporation, more water is lost during warmer daytime hours and it is more efficient to water during these hours.)
  • Water outdoor landscapes in a manner that does not cause runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  • Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle.
  • Clean hard surfaces not limited to driveways, sidewalks and asphalt with a broom. (The state exempts the washing of solar panels.)
  • Only use fountains with recirculating pump.
  • Any leaks should be repaired within 48 hours after being discovered.
  • Restaurants should serve water only if requested by the customer.
  • Stop any indiscriminate running of water or washing with water not otherwise prohibited above which is wasteful and without reasonable purpose.
From City of Ventura Ordinance Divisions 22 - Public Utilities, Sec. 22.170.010 Water waste prohibited.