How does the City determine whether a water shortage condition exists?

The City uses two documents to evaluate whether a water shortage condition exists. The Comprehensive Water Resources Report (CWRR) is prepared annually to provide updates on the City’s projected water supply and demand. The City’s 2015 Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan (WSECP) is a six-stage contingency plan to reduce demand up to 50% during a severe or extended water shortage event involving both voluntary and mandatory stages. The WSECP specifies that the water shortage stage trigger is calculated by comparing the Annual Supply Projection to the Normal Year Supply Projection in the CWRRs.  The WSECP also states that the Normal Year Supply Projection will not change for the duration of the shortage event. Ventura Water will be evaluating and updating its WSECP over the next year in coordination with the development of its 2020 Urban Water Management Plan, which is due July 1, 2021. 

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1. What does a Stage 2 Water Shortage mean for customers?
2. Is water conservation still required under Stage 2?
3. How does the City determine whether a water shortage condition exists?
4. Why did the City move from a Stage 3 to Stage 2 Water Shortage Event?
5. Will my water rates change in Stage 2?
6. Will my sewer rates be adjusted as well?
7. Will my rates change again next year?