What is the VenturaWaterPure Program?

VenturaWaterPure is a purified recycled water, also known as potable reuse, program that will recover, treat, and reuse water that is currently discharged into the Santa Clara River Estuary.

This program will divert treated water from Ventura’s wastewater treatment facility to a new Advanced Water Purification Facility, where the water will be treated to drinking water standards and then injected into a local groundwater basin for storage, and later extracted and delivered to customers.

Advanced purification involves multiple treatment processes. This treatment begins at the existing Ventura Water Reclamation Facility (VWRF), which will be upgraded with Membrane Bioreactors and an Ultraviolet (UV) Light disinfection system. This treated water will then be sent to the new Advanced Water Purification Facility, which will further treat water using Reverse Osmosis (RO), additional Ultraviolet Light, and Advanced Oxidation (UV / AOP).  This proven approach, known as potable reuse, is currently used throughout California, other States, and internationally and is regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water. 

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1. What is the VenturaWaterPure Program?
2. How does the program work?
3. What are the benefits of VenturaWaterPure?
4. How does VenturaWaterPure help with Ventura’s water supply?
5. What are the program components?
6. How will the water be treated?
7. Is potable reuse safe?
8. Has Ventura tested advanced treatment?
9. Is Ventura the first to use this technology?
10. What are the major program milestones?
11. When will the program be complete?
12. How much will the program cost?
13. What is the impact to ratepayers?