Our Ojai cam is the latest victim in the wake of the July 2014 water main break that flooded the Ojai Playhouse and Jester. The building's owner, who has donated the spot for the camera and its related equipment for many years, shut off the utilities needed to operate the camera pending a resolution of his effort to get Golden State Water Company to pay for the needed repairs. We appreciate your patience as we look for a suitable temporary location.
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Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Overall, the customers of the Ventura River Water District (VRWD) have been doing a good job of meeting conservation requirements. A couple of neighborhoods aren't, though, and their residents could be looking at penalties by the end of VRWD's current fiscal year.
Those neighborhoods include 173 houses in Casitas Springs and 73 houses in the Monte Via/Rio Monte area of Oak View.
“We are sending letters to them, notifying the residents that their neighborhood is not meeting conservation requirements,” VRWD General Manager Bert Rapp said Nov. 23. “They'll have seven more months to meet requirements. If everyone pulls together during that time, the penalties can be avoided.”
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News Reporter
In the discussion of alternate water sources for the region, there's been a good deal of attention lately on the prospect of connecting to the State Water Project or drilling horizontal water wells in the Santa Ynez Mountains — and not so much directed toward the topic of desalination. That stands to change soon with an Ocean Water Desalination Forum, slated for Dec. 1 at the Ventura County Government Center.
“It felt to me we needed to look at all of our options if we're going to make decisions about new water sources,” said Ventura County District 1 Supervisor Steve Bennett, organizer of the forum. “So this will be a fact-finding meeting to get the information out on desalination … so we'll have a better idea of what the numbers are.”
Bennett said the forum should in no way be seen as an endorsement of desalination, a water alternative typically viewed as expensive and long-term. But because the construction and implementation of desalination plants can take years to achieve, he said its feasibility should be examined now. “If it turns out to be an option we want to do,” he said, “then we should get started talking about it now.”
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