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
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.
Stage 3 Water Emergency Declared - September 2014
On September 22, 2014, the and adopted outdoor watering restrictions to achieve a 20% water use reduction goal, as required by the State Water Resources Control Board (PDF). Find more information on .
June 2015 - Update
On June 15th, 2015 the City Council passed and adopted the updated drought ordinance and resolution to include the California State Water Resources Control Board's additional water prohibitions outlined by the Governor.
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