According to The Ventura County Star, a pipeline that will permit local water agencies to transfer wastewater to sea may call for a local water district to invoke eminent domain in order to gain easement from two property owners in Camarillo.
The article reports that some of the pipeline has already been built, and goes from the existing water reclamation plant through agricultural lands towards Port Hueneme. The pipeline is part of a bigger project that aims to supply Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks residents with local water.
The director of the water district states that Ventura County has large quantities of salty groundwater, and currently, part of the county relies heavily on water from Northern California. The imported water has become less reliable while it increases in price, and the director alleges that the county is better off relying on water sources that are local, providing that the water is treated. The goal is to build a pipeline that will transport the wastewater out to sea since it is too salty to be discharged into storm drains.
There has been some difficulty in determining the legal owners of one of the two properties that may be acquired under eminent domain, while negotiations between the district and the owners of the other property are stalled. If an agreement between the two parties cannot be reached by the beginning of July, the board of the water district will then consider invoking the right of eminent domain.
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