Ojai Water System Improvements
In 2017 Casitas Municipal Water District acquired the Ojai Water System from Golden State Water Company, adding over 2,900 new customers to the District. At the time of the acquisition, the Ojai Water System came with a slew of maintenance issues Casitas needed to address in order to get the system up to modern standards and integrated into District operations. The system’s main needs were to replace aging infrastructure and increase pipe sizes.
Through a vote of the customers of the Ojai Water System, Community Facilities District 2013-1 (CFD 2013-1) was created to provide funding for purchase of the system and to implement some of the needed improvements to the Ojai Water System. To date, Casitas has assessed the condition of all pump plants, reservoirs, and wells, and created a plan to prioritize the most crucial improvements for the next three to ten years.
Casitas has also responded to a large number of leaks and breaks and has repaired over 200 leaks since the acquisition. Leaks that are not fixed can lead to damaged pavement and other infrastructure, which is why Casitas actively repairs leaks to prevent more issues from occurring.
Casitas began the Ventura Street and Sunset Place pipeline replacement projects in August and September, respectively, and both are currently under way. When completed, these two projects will replace old and undersized pipeline, upgrade fire hydrants, and replace valves and service lines. After the District completes these two projects, four new pipeline projects are expected to be constructed in 2020, including pipeline replacement on Ojai Avenue. Furthermore, Casitas has rehabilitated four of the six wells in the Ojai System; the last two will be rehabilitated by the end of November. These wells provide the main source of supply to Ojai customers.
Scheduled outages are often necessary as we work on replacing these pipelines and we thank you for your patience!
Image: Map of the Ojai Water System with red dots indicating fixed water leak locations.