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UPDATED 08/08/2016

Local Well Development

Camrosa's potable groundwater wells currently provide
almost two-thirds of the District's total water supply.
(62% in 2015-16)


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Camrosa owns 11 groundwater wells, eight of which are capable of producing potable water, and three that are part of the non-potable system. We've been busy rehabilitating existing wells and also developing plans for new ones as a way of furthering our goal to fully develop local water supply sources. In addition, at a broader level, we’ll soon be engaging in a long-term planning process for groundwater management in general throughout the district.

Existing Well Rehabilitation

One of our potable wells, the Penny Well, has been out of service since the late 1990s. Rehabilitation of the well began in the summer of 2013, and it is scheduled to become operational again during the fall of 2016. We’re also in the process of rehabilitating the Tierra Rejada Well and expect that it, too, will be online this fall. In addition, Camrosa crews recently completed work on Santa Rosa Well #8 and it is up and running.

New Well Development

In 2016-17, we’ll be focusing on continuing construction of a second well in Camarillo’s Woodcreek Park, located in the Pleasant Valley Basin. This well is designed to produce 1,000 acre feet a year (AFY) of drinking water, and is anticipated to be complete by the spring of 2017. Camrosa expects to drill a third well in the PV Basin before 2020, also likely to produce 1,000 AFY. All told, the district’s Pleasant Valley wells could be producing a quarter of the district’s potable water by 2020.

Groundwater Management

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, known as SGMA and pronounced “sigma,” was hailed as the most historic piece of groundwater legislation in California in a century. The intention of the Act is to bring California’s 431 designated groundwater basins into “sustainability.” What that means will be defined by local groundwater sustainability agencies, or GSAs.


Only high- and medium-priority basins, as determined by the state, are required to have GSAs and write groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs). In Camrosa’s service area, the Santa Rosa and Pleasant Valley Basins are medium- and high-priority, respectively, and, as such, each must have a GSP in place. While the PV Basin will be under the jurisdiction of the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA), the Santa Rosa Basin GSA will be a joint powers authority (JPA) between Camrosa and the County of Ventura.


The state released guidelines for the GSPs in the spring of 2016. The FCGMA has already begun work on their GSPs, and Camrosa will start the process for the Santa Rosa Basin during the 2017 fiscal year. While overdraft is a problem in many high- and medium-priority basins, it is not an issue in the Santa Rosa Basin. The main concern there is the elevated nitrate levels, which are a result of the impact of agriculture, horses, and septic tanks in the Valley. Currently, Camrosa reduces the impact of nitrates by blending the well water with imported water to the standard prescribed by the state Division of Drinking Water. Further management of and potential remedies for nitrate levels in the basin will be explored during the development of the GSP.

Santa Rosa Basin GSA Update

In October, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and the Camrosa Board of Directors formally approved the JPA, creating the Arroyo Santa Rosa Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency. A seven-member Board of Directors oversees the GSA. This Board consists of the five members of the Camrosa Board of Directors, as well as the public works directors from the County of Ventura and the City of Camarillo. This JPA is welcome news, as we will now be able to help formally manage the basin for long-term sustainability and productivity. You can view the JPA documents here and the GSA Web site is here.


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In sum, Camrosa’s groundwater is a precious resource that the district—and our customers—rely on to keep the cost of water more affordable and reliable than imported sources. We will continue to be prudent and proactive stewards of this vital supply source and look forward to engaging in a thoughtful and productive GSP process.

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