Water Shortage Update


Water Shortage Update

On May 24, 2021, the City of Ventura City Council received the Annual Comprehensive Water Resources Report and a Water Shortage Event Update

Each year, Ventura Water assesses the City’s water supply sources – Lake Casitas, Ventura River, and local groundwater basins – in the Comprehensive Water Resources Report (CWRR). The report evaluates the City’s water supply and demand, while considering future needs, challenges and uncertainties relating to Ventura’s water supply reliability. The results of the CWRR are used in partnership with the Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan (WSECP) to determine whether the City is in a water shortage event. 

The 2021 CWRR was discussed and reviewed by the City’s Water Commission in March and April 2021 and by the City Council in May 2021.  The results of the 2021 CWRR indicate that the City of Ventura’s projected water supply is 16,345 acre-feet (AF) and projected water demand is 15,631 AF, indicating that the City of Ventura is currently not experiencing a water shortage event. 

Ventura Water customers’ continued water conservation efforts have allowed the City to avoid a critical water shortage situation. Over the last five years, Ventura residents have consistently exceeded conservation goals, conserving an average of 22 percent compared to usage in 2013. 

While the City’s supply projections account for this year’s record low rainfall, customers are encouraged to maintain their current level of conservation as Ventura’s local water supplies continue to be vulnerable due to drought, regulatory, operational, and legal challenges.  

As a reminder, the City will continue to enforce water waste prohibitions, offer water efficiency programs/ incentives, and pursue multi-benefit water supply projects, such as the State Water Interconnection Project and the VenturaWaterPure Program. Ventura Water extends its sincere appreciation to Ventura residents for their continued commitment to improved water efficiency as the State of California shifts towards “making water conservation a California way of life”.  

Visit the Rebate and Incentives page to see conservation tools and resources available to Ventura Water customers.

The following water waste prohibitions remain in place: 

  • Do not allow water to run and be wasted during outdoor use 
  • Do not allow leaks to persist for more than 48 hours 
  • Do not use a handheld hose without an automatic shutoff nozzle
  • Do not operate fountains unless the water is recirculating 
  • Do not wash or hose down hardscape surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks 
  • Do not irrigate outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours of measurable rainfall

Last updated: May 26, 2021

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Historical Drought Information

In January 2014, the Governor of the State of California proclaimed a state of emergency and called on all Californian's to reduce water usage.

In February 2014, the City Council asked customers to voluntarily reduce water usage by 10%.

In July 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted emergency regulations implementing mandatory water conservation actions.

On September 22, 2014, the 
City Council declared a Water Shortage Emergency to correlate with the SWRCB's July 2014 action and adopted outdoor watering restrictions to achieve a 20% water use reduction goal. Find more information on outdoor watering limits.
In March 2015, the City Council approved the updated Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan (PDF) to comply with the newly adopted SWRCB regulations. 

On June 8, 2015, the City Council confirmed that a water shortage event still exists and therefore, the restrictions, regulations, and rates applicable to a Stage 3 Water Shortage Event shall be implemented. 

On May 4, 2020, the City Council voted to move to a less restrictive Stage 2 Water Shortage Event in the City effective July 1, 2020, shifting from the Stage 3 Water Shortage Event. 

On May 24, 2021, the City Council rescinded the Stage 2 Water Shortage Event in the City, effective July 1, 2021. Residents are encouraged to maintain similar levels of conservation and the City will continue to enforce water waste prohibitions and offer water efficiency programs and incentives.  

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