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

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

Stage 3 Water Shortage

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