Yes. In 2015, Ventura Water partnered with the Water Research Foundation to develop a potable reuse demonstration facility. The facility tested advanced treatment on a small portion of the City's tertiary-treated effluent, also known as “recycled water,” which provided valuable data on the performance of purification technologies and opportunities for public outreach and education.
The Demonstration Facility included a system of multiple barriers (treatment components) and extensive testing designed to prove the concept of potable reuse. The Demonstration Facility met all drinking water standards and allowed the public to understand and gain confidence in potable reuse technologies.
Additionally, Ventura Water has recently partnered with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to host a second VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility. The advanced treatment equipment is being loaned to the City of Ventura free-of-cost from the USBR for up to five years. The Demonstration Facility will provide valuable opportunities for water quality testing and community outreach. Samples will be analyzed for common parameters (chlorine, pH, turbidity), biological constituents, viruses, pathogens and more. The facility is anticipated to be available for public tours soon.