VenturaWaterPure includes several project components that involve the Water and Wastewater Utilities. The project components include: a new advanced treatment facility to create a new purified water resource to be injected into a local groundwater basin; an outfall pipeline essential for brine disposal; and pipelines to connect existing treatment facilities and recharge functions. The rate changes, which were unanimously approved by City Council in May 2021 for implementation in July 2021, support the revenue adjustments needed to complete VenturaWaterPure along with many other capital improvement projects.
Ventura Water and the Ventura Water Commission explored every opportunity to minimize impacts to our ratepayers while addressing critical water supply needs. One way to keep rates relatively affordable is by pursuing funding approaches that reduce costs for ratepayers such as State and Federal grants, low-interest loan programs, and cost-sharing among regional partners.