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Pipeline Aug 2013
Happenings Around the Bend

November 2: Blues at the Beach Festival
In our town, there are never enough beach parties with music. You are invited to stop by the Ventura Water booth to talk water from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit
November 9: Urban Gold Garden Class
The Water Wise Gardening series has been very popular with more than 50 attendees at each of the last two classes. Check out our Ventura Water Blog article and podcast about the packed Ocean Friendly Garden class held on October 12. Join us for the third of our series, Urban Gold, to expand your knowledge about the water-holding capacity and biology of soil. This free class will be held from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard. For more information and to register for the free class, visit

November 14: Water: Take 1 Awards Ceremony  
If you watched and voted in the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest, then you will want to have a seat at water’s version of the Academy Awards from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Brooks Institute of Photography’s remarkable sound stage in Ventura. Watch the top and winning films on the big screen, munch on popcorn and mingle with your neighbors at this fun and free community event. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are required at
November 25: Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee Public Meeting
The citizen Water Rate Advisory Committee will conduct its third public meeting at 6 p.m. at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard. If you missed the October 23 meeting, all the materials and presentations are available for review at
The committee is tasked with contributing community input to an update of Ventura’s Cost of Service study, the basis of water and wastewater rates. This effort will offer community members the opportunity to evaluate future customer rates based on 10-year financial plans which include operational costs (water supplies, electricity and treatment) as well as capital replacement and improvement projects for Ventura’s aging pipelines and facilities. For more information and agenda items when available, visit
December 11: Ventura Water Rate Advisory Committee Public Meeting
If needed, the citizen Water Rate Advisory Committee will conduct its fourth public meeting at 6 p.m. at the City’s Sanjon Maintenance Yard. For more information and agenda items when available, visit

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Dear Valued Customer,

On November 18, 2013, our staff is bringing forward to the Ventura City Council a proposed Water Rights Dedication and In Lieu Fee Ordinance as a solution to encouraging development as well as ensuring that future water sources are available for growth.

If approved by the City Council as proposed, the ordinance - in the simplest terms - would require a new or intensified development project at the time of entitlement to sign over water rights to the City to offset the project’s water demand. If the project does not have water rights, the ordinance requires payment of a one-time in lieu fee, calculated based on the project’s estimated water demands, to be used to develop new water supplies. This recommendation has caused quite a stir because of questions such as:
  • How many fees will developers pay until they go somewhere else?
  • Why don’t you just demand that customers conserve more?
  • Will you really be able to procure or build new water supplies before the water is needed?
  • Who else has an ordinance like this one?
  • Who wants growth anyway?
  • What assurances does the community have that the assumptions to come up with these fees are accurate?
  • Aren’t you just doing this because there is a drought?
  • Why should developers pay for water that everyone will need?
This proposed solution to address long-term water supply planning and assist in the funding for increasing resources has many dimensions. Two public workshops, one in July and another a few weeks ago, were held to discuss the different perspectives as offered by community members and developers.  All of the questions have answers that can be found at This webpage houses all the documents, including the draft administrative reports, consultant reports, commonly asked questions and answers, and the proposed ordinance.

The City Council will hear the proposed ordinance on November 18, 2013 at 6 p.m.  All interested customers are welcome to attend and share their views with the Council.


Shana Epstein,
ura Water General Manager


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