Water Shortage Update

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Water Shortage Update

On May 4, 2020, the City of Ventura declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Event.

The Comprehensive Water Resources Report (CWRR) is prepared annually to provide updates on the City’s projected water supply and demand while considering challenges, uncertainties and reliability associated with Ventura’s water sources. The CWRR is used along with the City’s Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan (WSECP) to evaluate the City’s current water shortage stage.

The 2020 CWRR was discussed and reviewed at the January 2020 through April 2020 Water Commission meetings.  Based on the supply projections in the Final 2020 CWRR and the water shortage stage triggers outlined in the WSECP, the Water Commission recommended to move to a Stage 2 Water Shortage Event.

On May 4, 2020, the City Council received the 2020 CWRR and voted to declare a less restrictive Stage 2 Water Shortage Event (10% mandatory conservation) in the City effective July 1, 2020, shifting from the current Stage 3 Water Shortage Event (20% mandatory conservation).

Although local water supplies are still recovering after several years of drought and water shortage, the City is able to move to a Stage 2 because of recent regulatory changes that restored the amount of water the City can use from one of the local groundwater basins, and the City’s other sources remain relatively stable.

For many years, Ventura residents have done an outstanding job meeting conservation goals. In September 2014, the City Council declared a Water Shortage Emergency calling for 20% mandatory conservation cutback to correlate with the State’s action. From 2015 through 2019, the City Council confirmed that the City remained in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Event. Ventura residents have consistently exceeded this mandatory 20% savings, conserving an average of 23% over the last five years.   

Residents are still required to conserve water as the City’s local water supplies are still vulnerable due to environmental, regulatory, operational, and legal constraints.

The City thanks and encourages residents to continue to conserve water as the State shifts towards “conservation as a way of life”.  Visit the Rebate and Incentives page to see conservation tools and resources available to Ventura Water customers.

For more information on how Stage 2 Water Shortage Declaration will impact water rates, please visit our website at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1441/Rates.

Last updated: May 5, 2020

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  3. Report Water Waste
  4. Water Saving Metrics

Stage 2 Water Shortage Event 



As of July 1, 2020, the City of Ventura is in a Stage 2 Water Shortage Event with 10% mandatory conservation.

Residents are required to:

  • 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

From City of Ventura Ordinance Divisions 22 - Public Utilities, Sec. 22.170.010 Water waste prohibited.