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Gina Dorrington, Ventura Water’s Wastewater Utility Manager, demonstrates features of the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility to Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann (left) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (middle).

VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse

Facility Helps Deal with Drought,

says Rep. Brownley

Congresswoman Julia Brownley toured the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility on Oct. 15 and came away impressed by the project’s potential to help communities cope with the current and future droughts.

“I think this research not only can benefit Ventura residents, it also can be put in place across the country,” said Brownley, who represents the 26th District in the U.S. Congress. Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann joined the congresswoman on the tour.

VenturaWaterPure’s goal is to meet long-term water supply demands by expanding the use of recycled water through a direct filtration process at its Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility. Ventura currently provides recycled water to the Buenaventura and Olivas Park golf courses and landscape irrigation in the Ventura Harbor and Olivas Park Drive areas.

Brownley said she would take what she learned from the tour back to Washington D.C. in her support of House Bill 3045, the California Water Recycling and Drought Relief Act, which would authorize and provide funding for certain recycled water projects such as VenturaWaterPure. The bill is currently assigned to a congressional committee for consideration.

Gina Dorrington, wastewater utility manager for Ventura Water, conducted the 20-minute tour which ended with Brownley and Heitmann drinking the ultra- pure water following a celebratory toast.

Brownley said, “As we look for solutions to the drought, California must embrace innovative ideas, like water reuse and recycling, which are playing an increasing role in meeting our unprecedented water challenges.”

“We’re looking for a lot of solutions for sustainability during times of drought and this is an important part of the solution.”

The public is invited to sign up for a free tour of the facility. Tours are held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for up to 20 people per tour. Sign up by visiting or call (805) 677-4131.

Learn more about water re-use in Ventura here.

Bottom Left: City of Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya and Ventura Water GM Shana Epstein. Bottom Right: Dean Kubani (Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Santa Monica) and Craig Jones, Ventura Water Management Analyst II.

Community Celebrates Kick Off of 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest

Heading into its fourth year, Ventura Water’s Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest has joined with the city of Santa Monica as well as other new partners for the fourth annual contest to expand its reach and water conservation message.
“Our contest’s theme this year is, ‘Watch. Collaborate. Sustain.’ It’s all about working together for a sustainable water supply for the future,” Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein said at the film contest launch party, held Oct. 14 at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.
A new partner in the contest this year is the city of Santa Monica and its Office of Sustainability and the Environment. Dean Kubani, director of the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, praised the Water: Take 1 contest as an effective tool to educate people.
“Water is probably the biggest environmental issue right now in California. We were really excited to hear about this Water: Take 1 contest. It’s all about behavior change. We’re trying to get people to live a sustainable lifestyle,” Kubani said.
About 100 community members attended the celebration to learn about the contest and other unique programs Ventura Water has initiated to promote water conservation, re-use and sustainability. City Councilman Carl Morehouse welcomed the attendees who then watched a short video presentation about Ventura Water programs including: ongoing, free water wise gardening classes; the new incentive program that encourages people to exchange thirsty lawns for native landscapes; this past summer’s “What’s Your Shower Song” campaign that urged people to take shorter showers; and the new VenturaWaterPure potable reuse facility. The event presentation closed with a showing of the Grand Prize winning films from the first three years of Water: Take 1. 
Water: Take 1 aims to elevate the value of water and create awareness of water as a valuable resource by inviting filmmakers worldwide to submit short films of five minutes or less in any genre - drama, documentary, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental - that address the topic of water.
Awards include the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the general public; the award for Best Student Film, chosen by a jury of entertainment and water industry experts; the Grand Prize, a $1,500 prize presented by Ventura Water; and the Ventura Vision Award, which recognizes films shot in and around the City of Ventura. This year, there also will be a Santa Monica Vision Award for films shot in and around our partner city. Last year, 51 films were entered from around the globe.
The public is encouraged to take part by voting online for their favorite film and awarding the Audience Choice Award. The deadline for film submissions is Dec. 14, 2015 with voting for the Audience Choice Award open through Jan. 14.  The winning films will be presented at an Awards Celebration in March of 2016 at the Downtown Ventura Century 10 Movie Theater.
Click here to learn more and cast your vote.

Ventura’s Water Wise Incentive Program is Filling Up Fast - Sign Up Now While Funds Last!

Ventura Water is still accepting applications for the WaterWise rebate Incentive Program launched July 1. The program has been very successful so far. Through the end of September, 434 applicants have applied (331 have already been approved) and 77 percent of budgeted funds have been reserved.
It’s not too late to apply now! With the arrival of fall, now is the perfect time to replace your lawn with a new water wise garden while also taking advantage of this new program. Ventura Water’s incentive program focuses on more efficient irrigation devices (which includes devices for rain water harvesting) and a turf removal and replacement incentive when property owners install a low-water alternative to water-thirsty grass. Rebates vary. Get all the details here or call (866) 983-9232.
Here’s how to apply:
  • Complete the application.
  • Read and Sign the Terms & Conditions.
    • Apply online at , or
    • You may pick up applications and Terms and Conditions at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Treasury Department Room #107 or Building and Safety Room #117, or at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard Administration building, 336 Sanjon Road.
  • Include a copy of your most recent water bill. You may obtain this by visiting
  • Make sure to submit an application for turf replacement and irrigation devices separately.
  • Send documents one of the following ways (if not online):
No state rebates for turf replacement: We regret to report that Ventura Water customers are NOT eligible to participate in the state of California’s 2015 Turf Replacement Program. Ventura residents may qualify for the state’s toilet rebate program, however. Up to $100 will be rebated if you buy and install one qualified, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household that replaces a less-efficient toilet using more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Call 844-642-7410 or click here for details about the toilet rebate program.

Customer Water Use Meets Reduction Target Again this September

Congratulations once more to our customers for another successful month conserving water! New figures show that customer water use was down 25.4 percent last month (September 2015) compared to September 2013, exceeding the city’s 20 percent conservation target. The positive numbers demonstrate again that Ventura Water customers are committed to meeting the challenges of conserving water and are making their new water-wise habits a lifestyle!
Remember: Ventura declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency requiring customers to reduce water use by 20 percent. (See the details here.)

Ventura Water offers free water conservation aids and on-site commercial and residential water surveys to help our customers save water. Use the New Water Calculator tool to help schedule your irrigation timers more efficiently. Learn more by clicking here. Please contact Customer Care at or call (805) 667-6500 to schedule a water conservation survey.

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Dear Valued Customer,

In December of 2011, the Ventura City Council voted on a final settlement agreement and consent decree with Heal the Bay, and Wishtoyo Foundation/Ventura Coastkeeper to resolve legal actions associated with the City’s reclamation facility discharges of tertiary treated water into the Santa Clara River Estuary. In this agreement, the City agreed to further investigate and determine how best to utilize this water resource for the future, while preserving the natural habitat of the Santa Clara River Estuary.  

By the end of December 2015, the City must propose a project or projects that would eliminate 100 percent of the discharge from the existing Reclamation Facility to the estuary. The City is hosting a stakeholders meeting on November 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall to discuss proposed solutions and to clarify what 100 percent diversion represents.

Please attend if you are interested in learning more about how the City plans to provide a sustainable water future for Ventura residents while addressing the complex interests and opinions surrounding the Santa Clara River Estuary. 

Join us for this important milestone.

Santa Clara River Estuary Stakeholders Meeting

November 3, 2015, 11 a.m.

Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 501 Poli St., room 202.


Shana Epstein,
ura Water General Manager
Sign Up Now for the Final Two FREE Water Wise Gardening Classes 
  • Nov. 21: Rainwater and Greywater Harvesting with Eco Restoration Partners ~ Learn how to have a lush garden without using potable irrigation. Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road
    Dec. 5:  Ask an Irrigation Professional with Ewing Irrigation ~ Learn how to set your timer to meet California mandates during the drought and still keep your landscape alive. Learn what types of add-ons and devices you can use to help improve water efficiency and decrease overall need for potable irrigation water. Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road
    All classes are held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Register for classes here. For more information, call 652-4501. 

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