Wastewater Services

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Wastewater Services


Ventura Water provides treatment services to approximately 98% of City residences, with a total population of over 109,000. We also perform wastewater collection and treatment for McGrath State Beach Park and the North Coast Communities (Ventura County Service Area 29).

These residences and businesses generate about 8 to 9 million gallons of wastewater per day, which is carried by more than 300 miles of sewer mains and 14 lift stations to the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility. The Ventura Water Reclamation Facility is a tertiary treatment plant, located in the Ventura Harbor area near the mouth of the Santa Clara River, where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.

Currently, following a three-step treatment process at the facility, most of the treated wastewater is discharged into the Estuary after flowing through a series of wildlife ponds for about four days or delivered to reclaimed water customers.  Learn more about the settlement agreement that will change how we use this water in the future.


Good News! Residential Recycled Water Use Program Coming Soon!


Good News!  Ventura Water has received approval to provide a residential recycled water use program!  Approved City of Ventura residents will be able to fill water containers at the Wastewater Reclamation Facility with highly treated, safe, disinfected recycled water for allowed uses like landscape irrigation.


Ventura Water has also submitted for a change petition in its current use and volume of recycled water to allow for trucking of recycled water from the Wastewater Reclamation Facility for dust control applications and for watering city maintained trees.  As part of the change petition process, we were required to complete a CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) evaluation on the impacts of reducing discharge to the Santa Clara River Estuary for recycled water use. (Learn More). 


The public and all affected agencies are hereby invited to review the Mitigated Negative Declaration  and Initial Study  and submit written comments.  Written comments must be received by 5:00pm on January 25th, 2016, the last day of the review period. 


Proposed Change in Recycled Water Use: Initial Study and Negative Declaration (October 2015)


Please address comments to:

Gina Dorrington, Wastewater Utility Manager
1400 Spinnaker Drive P.O.Box 99
Ventura CA 93002-0099


For more information please call Gina Dorrington at 805-677-4131


Public Hearing Notice: Proposed Change in Recycled Water Use



The Ventura City Council welcomes your input during a public hearing to consider adoption of the Proposed Change in Recycled Water Use that will be held at the following place and time:

City Council Chambers-501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
February 22, 2016 at 6pm*


* Date is subject to change


Discharge Permit For Ventura Water Reclamation Facility


Approximately every five years, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board updates the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit that outlines the conditions for managing the water cleaned by the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility.  The current permit was adopted by the Regional Board on November 7, 2013 (Order No. R4-2013-0174).

The current permit includes the following requirement:  

Flood Management Plan: The Discharger (Ventura Water) shall work with the Regional Board to convene a stakeholder group of all interested parties, including resource agencies, to recommend interim management solutions to the flooding at McGrath State Beach. This recommendation shall be presented to the Regional Board at a regularly convened meeting bv December 31, 2014.

Since early 2014, a stakeholder group has been meeting to identify and rank potential interim solutions to manage the flooding at McGrath State Beach.  On September 11, 2014, the "Santa Clara Estuary Flood Management Options For McGrath State Beach Report" will be presented to the Regional Board (Item 16).

Santa Clara Estuary Flood Management Options For McGrath State Beach Report - September, 2014 (pdf 1287KB)


The Regional Board holds regular meetings primarily at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board Room, 700 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California, but locations may vary.  The Board receives public comment about agenda items at meetings.

Meetings generally also include a public forum agenda item with the following guidelines:

Any person may address the Board regarding any matter within the Board’s jurisdiction provided the matter does not appear elsewhere on this agenda, has not been scheduled to appear on a future agenda, and is not expected to be imminently scheduled for the Board’s consideration. Remarks will be limited to three (3) minutes, unless otherwise directed by the Chair. If a person intends to use a PowerPoint presentation or other visual aid, you must contact Ronji Moffett, (213) 576-6612, at the Regional Board at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to arrange for equipment use and be prepared to load any PowerPoint presentation on the computer prior to the meeting to assure the orderly conduct of the meeting. (Current information as of September, 2014.  Check Regional Board website for agenda and meeting information.)




Working Together To Protect Public Health


The wastewater collection system and the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility provide vital public health services to our community.  In partnership with our customers, we are dedicated to managing the quality of water, including the prevention of harmful substances, that enter our wastewater (sewer) system for cleaning.  The rules and regulations governing the City's pretreatment program, as well as other areas, are contained in the City's Municipal Code:

Division 22 - Public Utilities, Part 2 - Sewer Service.

Chapter 22.200 - General Provisions
Chapter 22.210 - Sewer Connections
Chapter 22.215 - Sewer Capacity Deficiency Fee - Downtown District and Ventura Avenue Corridor
Chapter 22.220 - Sewer Service Charges
Chapter 22.230 - Additional Sewer Services Charges
Chapter 22.240 - Industrial Pretreatment and Discharge of Liquid and Nondomestic Waste
Chapter 22.250 - Private Sewer Laterals

Industrial Wastewater Prohibited Discharge Standards is incorporated into the Sewer Use Ordinance in Chapter 22.240.240 by reference.

How We Use It Again


The Ventura Water Reclamation Facility includes pump stations and pipelines for water reclamation, with an average of over 700,000 gallons (approximately 3% of total wastewater flow) reclaimed daily. Our reclaimed water system provides water for irrigation of nearby golf courses, parks and similar landscape areas. This reuse is an integral part of the water efficiency program and represents a reduction in demand on the drinking water supply each year of approximately 300 million gallons.

For more information about our reclaimed water system, please call Wastewater Operations at (805) 677-4114.


Why You Should Join the Main "Stream"


On occasion, property owners in non-sewered areas have expressed interest in connecting to our system due to continuing septic system problems. There are approximately 800 City residences that are not connected to our sewer system. Connection to the sewer system benefits property owners, the environment and the water quality in the area. Individual septic systems can degrade groundwater quality. Many people are not aware that the high bacterial levels associated with beach closures can be due, in part, to leaking or damaged septic systems.

To learn more about connecting to the Ventura Water's sewer system, please call Engineering Services at (805) 654-7829 or Wastewater Operations at (805) 677-4114.