What is wastewater and where does it go in Ventura?

Wastewater is water that has been previously used by a municipality that has experienced a loss of quality as a result of use. In homes, water is commonly used for washing our food, dishes, clothes and bodies, and for toilet flushing. The used water that goes down the drain and pipes is called wastewater. Because a considerable amount of water is used to carry away a small amount of waste, wastewater is mostly water. In Ventura, wastewater flows through the collection system (pipes) to the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility near the Harbor where it is highly treated to water standards suitable for recycled water uses such as irrigation. A small portion of the recycled water is used on local golf courses and landscaping and the rest is discharged to the Santa Clara River Estuary.

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1. Why is Ventura Water looking for new sources of drinking water?
2. Are there other ways to reuse the water that could benefit water supply?
3. Can conservation meet our needs without this source of supply?
4. What is wastewater and where does it go in Ventura?
5. What does “potable” mean, and what is potable reuse?
6. What is water purification?
7. Why not just build a desalination plant and purify sea water?
8. Who regulates recycled water? What laws and regulations have to be met?