United Water Conservation District (UWCD)

United Water Conservation District shall manage, protect, conserve and enhance the water resources of the Santa Clara River, its tributaries and associated aquifers, in the most cost-effective and environmentally balanced manner.

Since 1927, United Water Conservation District has distinguished itself as a leader among water agencies by conserving and enhancing water resources of the Santa Clara River while working to protect the river’s natural features. United continues to enhance water supplies through groundwater replenishment, and through the construction and operation of water supply and delivery systems.

Situated in central Ventura County, the District encompasses the fertile Santa Clara River Valley and Oxnard Coastal Plain. This 214,000-acre area receives from 12 to 20 inches of rainfall each year. Year-round agriculture flourishes in the mild, Mediterranean- type climate.

Today, United serves as the conservator of groundwater resources that are utilized by the cities of Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura, Santa Paula, and Fillmore, as well as several mutual water districts and numerous farms and individual pumpers. It also provides surface water for agricultural irrigation and provides treated drinking water to the cities of Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

United conserves runoff from all major tributaries of the Santa Clara River within the District, including Piru, Hopper, Sespe, and Santa Paula Creeks. Otherwise, much of this water would simply flow out to sea.