MOORPARK, Calif – The Public Works Agency held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 19, 2017 to open its new water quality testing laboratory and monitoring center.
The facility is located at 9550 East Los Angeles Avenue, just outside of Moorpark. It replaces an outdated 40-year-old building with a state-of-the-art structure. The 5,200 square-foot building includes offices, a laboratory, a conference room and a monitoring center that provides real-time data on the operations of the wastewater system and water supply to customers of Ventura County Waterworks District 1. It also provides central monitoring, control and operations of all the facilities within the district.
Built at a cost of $3.5 million, the new building was constructed to progressive environmental and energy-saving standards. It will use the facility’s existing solar photovoltaic system for most of its electrical needs.
The upgraded laboratory will allow all water quality testing to be conducted in-house.
Outside the building is a demonstration garden that includes more than 50 species of fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers and groundcovers. The garden highlights water conservation and the use of recycled water for irrigation.
Water and Sanitation Director Michaela Brown greeted guests at the event, and District 2 Supervisor, Linda Parks, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.