Water Shortage Update
Water Shortage Update
On June 10, 2019, City Council confirmed the City of Ventura will remain in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Event with 20% mandatory conservation with existing drought rates remaining in effect. The annual Comprehensive Water Resources Report (CWRR) was used along with the City’s Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan (WSECP) to evaluate the City’s current water shortage stage.
The 2020 CWRR is currently under development and is anticipated to be discussed and reviewed at the upcoming Water Commission meetings on February 25, 2020, March 24, 2020, and April 28, 2020. The public is invited to attend to provide input. The report evaluates the City’s water supply and demand while considering challenges, uncertainties and reliability associated with Ventura’s water sources. In addition, the 2020 CWRR will provide an updated evaluation on the City’s current water shortage stage. Staff anticipates that the Final 2020 CWRR will be forwarded to the City Council in May/June 2020.
The City recognizes that our region has received a significant amount of rain this winter. However, a single wet winter with above average precipitation does not neutralize the impacts of several consecutive years of persistent drought conditions. Currently, Lake Casitas remains below 50 percent capacity and local groundwater supplies remain limited. Additionally, the City’s water sources continue to be challenged by environmental, regulatory, operational, and legal constraints.
For many years, Ventura residents have done an outstanding job meeting conservation goals. In 2019, Ventura Water customers reduced their water consumption by an annual average of 26% when compared to pre-drought years. Visit the Rebate and Incentives page to see conservation tools and resources available to Ventura Water customers.
View 2019 Water Shortage Notice here.
Last updated: February 6, 2020
Stage 3 Water ShortageTo date, the City of Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Event with 20% mandatory conservation.
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.
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 adopted outdoor watering restrictions to achieve a 20% water use reduction goal. Find more information on .
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.
Complete the Form, Email Us, or Call Us
You can also report water waste issues via the Report Water Waste Online Form or contact Customer Care at our email or 805-667-6500 with the address and information about the problem.
Investigation a Priority
Please know that while City staff will investigate all reports and offer assistance in resolving the problem, to protect our customer's privacy, we will not provide feedback to reporters regarding our specific follow-up actions. If you see the water misuse again after 7 days, please submit another online report. Also, we would appreciate your contact information in case there are questions but you may report online anonymously.
Stop Wasteful Habits
Be Diligent About Tasks
We will need to work together to stop water waste. First, be diligent about watching for and repairing leaks promptly. As an older city, the aging pipes in our homes and businesses are more susceptible to developing leaks.
Review Bills, Call Your Plumber
Carefully review your water bill for unusual water use and learn how to check your meter. You may have a leak that is costing you money and wasting our water. Call your plumber, sooner rather than later, if you suspect a problem.
Talk to Community
Let's help each other stop water waste. If you spot a leak or other water waste activity, talk directly to your neighbor or the business owner. Many times they are not aware of the problem, especially with outdoor irrigation systems, so it's a neighborly action to let them know.
Dear Neighbor Door Hanger Directions For Use
- Print form
- Fold lengthwise in half (tape edge, if desired)
- Cut out the circle at the top of the page so that it can fit over a door knob
- Check appropriate box to alert them to the issue
- Hang on door