Water Shortage Update


Water Shortage Update

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. Ventura is one of the largest cities in California that relies exclusively on local water supplies. The City’s three primary sources, Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater basins, continue to be challenged by environmental, regulatory, operational, and legal constraints.

The California Drought Monitor which focuses on broad-scale conditions such as rainfall and snowpack, indicates that California has emerged from drought conditions. However, the City considers local water supply conditions when determining whether a water shortage exists. The City of Ventura reviews various databases and utilizes several resources when evaluating availability of water supplies. The City actively participates in groundwater agency meetings to review up-to-date water issues that affect our local groundwater resources.

The Comprehensive Water Resources Report (CWRR) is used along with the City’s Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan to evaluate the City’s current water shortage event stage. To date, the City of Ventura is in a Stage 3 Water Shortage Event with 20% mandatory conservation and drought rates enacted. Staff is currently drafting the 2019 CWRR which will provide information to determine whether the City will remain in Stage 3. The report will be discussed and reviewed at upcoming Water Commission Meetings. It is anticipated that the Final 2019 CWRR will be brought to City Council by the end of June 2019. Understanding and monitoring our water supply and demand is essential to planning for and managing a stable and reliable water system to support our community now and into the future.

For many years, Ventura residents have done an outstanding job meeting conservation goals. In 2018, Ventura Water customers reduced their water consumption by an annual average of 24% when compared to pre-drought years. Visit the Rebate and Incentives page to see conservation tools and resources available to Ventura Water customers.

Last updated: April 1, 2019

Water Supply 2019
  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.