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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,
Ventura Water General Manager

From the October 2013 Pipeline Newsletter

SAVE THE DATE: September 21, 2013, 9:00am-Noon – The 29th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day Needs YOU!


Historically, California’s coast and waterways have been collection spots for trash and debris.  It’s important to remove all litter, which can be harmful, even fatal to marine wildlife.

How does this happen?

Let’s look at some specific examples starting with plastic in the water.  Marine life can get caught in the debris and also consume it.  Plastic bags found in ocean debris, is not biodegradable. It photodegrades, which means it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, but it does not go away. These small pieces absorb oil and other toxins that may be in the water, making them saturated in chemicals. Plankton feeders ingest these small pieces, along with their normal food sources.  In some areas of the ocean, the ratio of plastic to plankton is 10 to 1!  In addition to impacting the marine creature that eats the plastic, plastic may cause genetic mutations that can impact future generations. Fish eat other fish with some working up the food chain all the way to human consumption. Think what this means to humans who ingest fish!


Broken glass, sharp metal items or discarded syringes can pose an immediate threat to those walking on the beach or swimming in the water, as do medical and personal hygiene debris, pet waste, fertilizer and pesticide runoff that get into the water through stormdrains.

Where does marine debris come from?

The majority originates on land with approximately 20% coming from commercial and recreational vessels and offshore petroleum platforms —  litter discarded miles from the shoreline that eventually find their way to our beaches, trash that makes its way into the untreated stormdrain system washing up on our shores.  It’s important to note that all these sources are preventable when people choose not to litter.


Statistics from last year’s cleanup

Tens of thousands of people turned up to pick up trash at over 850 sites in 55 of California’s 58 counties.  In a preliminary report from the California Coastal Commission with 70% of the cleanup sites reporting:

57,442 volunteers picked up 534,115 pounds of trash and an additional 105,816 pounds of recyclable materials for a total of 639, 930 pounds or 320 tons!

Make it a FUN day for the entire family

Traditionally, the Cleanup Day has been a great activity for families, students, individuals, and service groups to do something positive for the community where we all live.  “It’s a fantastic way to make friends, set an example for young people and participate in an event that really makes a difference,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Courtney Lindberg.

For the cleanup, it is suggested to come prepared for the weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, reusable water bottle, sunglasses, etc.). The cleanup asks volunteers to help reduce waste by bringing your own container for collecting trash, such as a reusable bucket, a milk jug with the top cut off, or a reused shopping bag as well as work gloves and a reusable water bottle. However, bags, gloves, data cards, pencils, etc., will be available and provided on site.

Participate in Coastal Cleanup Day, Watch For Signup information coming soon at:

Also visit the California Coastal Cleanup Day website, HERE.


GREEN REMINDER:  Anytime you see litter anywhere, please pick it up!  Help Keep our home and our waterways safe, beautiful and clean.


Earthday EcoFest, Saturday, April 20th, 2013 in Ventura’s Promenade Park


Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

Saturday, April 20, 2013

10:00 am to 5:00pm

at Ventura beachfront Seaside/Promenade Park

and Surfer’s Point Boardwalk


The Event is FREE and Fun for the entire family!

Eco Fun and Education

Environmental Booths

Eco Arts & Crafts



Music & Entertainment

Auctions & Raffles

Visit the Ventura Water Booth!

Parking across the street from the beach at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.


Visit Ventura Water at the Home & Garden Show Today & This Weekend


Ventura Home & Garden Shows

21st Annual “Spring Show” ~ March 15 • 16 • 17, 2013

Friday Noon-6
Saturday 10-6 
Sunday 10-5
Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura

Visit Ventura Water in the McBride Building

Fun giveaways, Water Education & More!

Spring Forward on March 10, 2013 Ventura! Reset Your Clock and Your Sprinklers


On Sunday, March 10, 2013, we “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time, so move your clocks ahead one hour.  This is also a good time to check your landscape irrigation watering system for leaks.  Check to make sure it is set according to local standards.  CLICK HERE to find the Watering Guide for the City of Ventura.

When the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, it’s important to take advantage of the lower evaporation rates by watering early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.  When you water during the cooler parts of the day, it’s better for your landscape and you can save up to 25 gallons each time you water.


Click here for more information from Save Our Water!