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.