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So what’s up with our water rates?

This past May, at the Public Hearing for Water and Wastewater Rate Adjustments, the Ventura City Council unanimously approved five-year water and wastewater rate increases. Beginning July 1, 2021 the average Ventura household will see a $7.76 increase on their monthly bill in order to secure future water supply, replace and repair aging infrastructure, improve water quality and meet legal and environmental regulations. 

Benefits to You and Our CityRate increases will support both daily operation and maintenance of the City’s existing (and aging) wastewater systems, along with approximately 36 planned capital improvement projects, including the long-anticipated State Water Interconnection Project and Ventura Water Pure Program. Both of these projects will not only provide long-term sustainability for our water needs, but will also vastly improve the water quality delivered to our residents. 
“If water is so scarce and expensive, WHY IS THERE SO MUCH BUILDING GOING ON?”Land Use Policy Can Promote Sustainability, Affordability, and EquityBuilding less housing than people demand drives high housing costs. High housing costs are problematic for households and the state’s economy.The state mandates to provide all levels of housing (very low, low, moderate, and above moderate) under the current Housing Element and the updated Housing Element that is being processed to accommodate the new Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) remain and continue to apply. The state offers no waiver based on local availability of water supply. This is one of the reasons that the city has adopted a robust plan to supplement and expand our existing water supply by connecting to the State Water Project and water recycling.All of the properties that are currently under construction, and many of those in the approval/entitlement process, were identified for housing during the adoption of the 2005 General Plan. Ventura Water has planned for this development, and the increased use has been factored into the forecast demand studies.

What you can do about it:
Attend the City Council meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021 to learn more and/or have your voice heard. You can also write your district’s Council Member.