Comprehensive Water Plan
The Casitas Municipal Water District (Casitas) released its Draft Comprehensive Water Resources Plan (Water Plan). The product of extensive study, research and public input, the draft Water Plan outlines a forward-looking approach to developing a more sustainable, secure and diversified water supply portfolio to address the anticipated impacts of future drought and climate change.
Western Ventura County is prone to extended periods of drought. With the District’s primary water source, Lake Casitas, recording its lowest water level ever in early 2019, the Water Plan comes at a crucial moment for mapping our region’s water future. The Water Plan assesses the viability of the water resources available to meet the needs of our community and forecasts how demand and climate factors will affect water supply in coming years.
This assessment found that without action, Lake Casitas could be dry in the next six years if faced with continued drought conditions and higher temperatures. “Lake Casitas has served its purpose as a drought water supply, but diversifying our water supply will help us get through extended and more extreme drought cycles,” said Mike Flood, General Manager of Casitas Municipal Water District.
A comprehensive analysis was conducted of more than 30 different projects and programs – including a range of desalination, recycled water, capital improvement, conservation, groundwater and surface water enhancement projects and programs – using technical, economic, environmental, and social criteria.
Among the short-term recommendations outlined in the plan are local supply projects to improve efficiency of existing supplies in Ventura river watershed, including well rehabilitation and replacement and fish screen improvements at the Robles diversion facility. These projects are already being implemented.
“The short-term recommendations are the easy-win, no-regrets options,” said Flood. “We can implement those relatively quickly, but to meet our long-term needs we are going to need to look at how we can bring water into our community from outside sources.”
The draft Water Plan recommends projects that will diversify our regions water supply, including proposed connections to the State Water Project, the backbone of the state’s water supply network. “By connecting to the State Water Project, we will have the plumbing in place to augment our existing supply from Lake Casitas– ensuring we will have the option to bring more water to our area in times of drought.” said Flood.
To assist in the development of Casitas’ Comprehensive Water Resources Plan, public input was received through two stakeholder workshops and 13 public meetings. For more information about the draft Water Plan or to provide a comment about the plan itself, please visit www.casitaswater.org/your-water/casitas-water-security, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 805-649-2251. You can also mail your comments or questions to Casitas Municipal Water District headquarters, located at: 1055 Ventura Ave. Oak View, CA 93022.