Gina Dorrington, Ventura Water’s Wastewater Utility Manager (right), demonstrates features of the VenturaWaterPure Potable Reuse Demonstration Facility to Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann (left) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (middle).
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 www.cityofventura.net/water/sustainable-water/tour-facility or call (805) 677-4131.
Learn more about water re-use in Ventura here.
From Ventura Water’s Pipeline October 2015