State water is one step closer for Casitas

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
The regional effort to upgrade Ventura County’s water infrastructure — in particular to bring state water to Lake Casitas — is a step closer to becoming a reality. Meeting in regular session Jan. 23, the Ventura City Council unanimously approved an engineering contract that initiates phase one of the State Water Project Interconnection (SWPI).
“This is an exciting time for all of us, to figure out a different way to use another resource,” said Shana Epstein, general manager of Ventura Water. 
The Council’s action authorized the Ventura city manager to sign a professional services agreement with the Ventura-based Kennedy/Jenks Consultants Inc. for an alignment study to construct a pipeline connecting the city’s water infrastructure with that of the Calleguas Municipal Water District. Three possible rights-of-way would be considered, the most likely a connector running along California State Route 118 from Somis Road to Saticoy.

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