2015 Proposed Water Shortage Event Rates
Ventura's Water Shortage Emergency Stage 3 Drought Conditions
California is in its fourth straight year with below average precipitation and statewide the snowpack water content is just 20% percent of average for this time of year. With these conditions water agencies across the state are reporting limited water supplies. In July of 2014, the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) adopted mandatory conservation measures statewide to minimize water waste and preserve stored water reserves in case drought conditions continue. These prohibitions are primarily aimed at reducing how much water is wasted outdoors, where more than half of the water is used at a typical home. More recently, on April 1, 2015 for the first time in state history, the Governor directed the SWRCB to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce urban water usage by 25 percent. This savings amounts to approximately 1.5 million acre feet of water over the next nine months or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville. Actions to save water proposed by the Governor included streamlining the state's drought response efforts and invest in new technologies to make the state more resilient to drought.
Cost of Service Studies
The City of San Buenaventura - Ventura Water engaged a consultant to conduct a comprehensive financial plan and conduct a cost of service study for water and wastewater services.
What is Ventura Water doing to offset the Drought?
In 2014, the City Council declared that Ventura was in Water Shortage Stage 3 which calls for20% Mandatory Conservation cutback. Currently, the City remains at Stage 3.
The mandatory 25% water reductions called for by Governor Brown on April 1, 2015 impact all urban water suppliers, which includes Ventura. Locally, flows in part of the Ventura and Santa Clara River have ceased, restrictions have been placed on local groundwater wells and Lake Casitas is at 49.9% capacity.
Locally, the City of Ventura has taken the following actions to address ongoing drought conditions:
- Declared mandatory 20% reduction goals for water users (Stage 3 in the City's Water Shortage Event Contingency Plan).
- Saved 20% of typical water usage in the City Parks.
- Increased offering water surveys to customers.
- Updating and Enforcing the Water Waste Ordinance
- Funded capital projects that increase water supply sources
- Pioneered a Potable Reuse Pilot Project
- Developed and are Implementing a Water Wise Landscape Incentive Program
- Worked collaboratively with our top 100 users to maximize water efficiency
- Provided ongoing educational outreach to residents, businesses, and schools
- Developed and Proposing Water Shortage Event Rates
2015 Proposed Water Rates Public Notice
The Ventura City Council declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage in September, 2014. Since then the City has conducted a number of outreach activities to encourage conservation. The City has not achieved our goal of 20% conservation. The next step is the implementation of the proposed Water Shortage Rates that are being noticed to the community for a hearing before the City Council as follows:
The Ventura City Council welcomes your input during a public hearing to consider the proposed water shortage rates that will be held at the following place and time:
City Council Chambers - 501 Poli Street, Ventura CA on June 8, 2015 at 6pm
Every Ventura Water customer and property owner received, in the mail, a notice about the proposed Water shortage rates as well as information about how to participate in the City Council's Public Hearing about the rates on June 8, 2015. To view the Prop 218 Notice in English or Spanish click below. Additional hard copies can be picked up in the City Clerk's office.
If you wish to protest the proposed charges, you must do so in writing prior to the close of the Public Hearing. Either the owner of the parcel or the person receiving the service for which the fee is charged may submit a written protest, but only one protest per parcel will be counted as provided by Government Code Section 53755(b). Written protests must be received at the Ventura City Clerk's Office at 501 Poli Street (Room 204), Ventura California 93002-0099 prior to the Public Hearing, or at the hearing. Faxed, emailed, or photocopied protests will not be counted.
A written protest must include all of the following: (1) A statement that you protest the increase in charge(s), (2) Name of the record owner or customer of record who is submitting the protest, (3) Identification by street address or utility account number of the parcel with respect to which the protest is made and (4) original signature and legibly printed name of the record owner or customer of record who is submitting the protest. A Rate Protest Form in English and Spanish/Espanol , can be completed and printed below or is available at the City Clerk's office. Oral comments at the public hearing are welcome, but will not qualify as a formal protest. If the City Council receives valid written protests from a majority of Ventura Water customers, the proposed rate changes will not be adopted.
Resolution No. 2012-017 adopted by the Council on February 27, 2012 details the City's guidelines for submission and tabulation of protests in connection with rate hearings conducted pursuant to Article XIIID, Section 6 of the California Constitution (Proposition 218).
Attend a Local Townhall Informational Meeting regarding setting of Water Shortage Rates
April 21, 2015 at 7pm: Pierpont Community Council, Marriott Hotel, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd
April 22, 2015 at 8:30am: Downtown Ventura Organization, 505 Poli Street, 5th Floor
April 29, 2015 at 6pm: Yard Assembly Room, 336 Sanjon Road
May 7, 2015 at 8:30am: Ventura Chamber of Commerce, 505 Poli Street, 2nd Floor
May 14, 2015 at 7pm: Midtown Community Council, Grace Church (Cooper Hall), 65 S. McMillan St.
May 19, 2015 at 7pm: HOA Board for Clear Point Homes, Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Dr.
May 21, 2015 at 7pm: East Ventura Community Council, First Assembly of God Church, 345 N. Kimball Road.
May 27, 2015 at 7pm: College Area Community Council, Dudley House, Corner of Ashwood & Loma Vista
June 3, 2015 at 6:30pm: West-side Community Council, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave.
Date TBD: Rotary Club of Ventura (The Derby Club of Ventura), 10 West Harbor Blvd. (Island View Room)
"Water Conservation is a Lifestyle for future generations"