The Ojai Valley

Health is ranked on a scale of 1 (worst) to 100 (best).

Ojai air quality is 79. (The US average is 58.)
This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Ojai water quality is 44. (The US average is 55.)
Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Ojai Superfund Index is 95. (The US average is 87.)
The EPA’s Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation’s most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

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  HEALTH Ojai, California United States
  Air Quality (100=best) 78.7 58.4
  Water Quality (100=best) 44 55
  Superfund Sites (100=best) 94.8 86.9
  Physicians per Cap. 183 210
  Health Cost 100 100

The Ojai Valley Water Situation

The Ojai Valley is completely dependent of rainfall, groundwater extractions and storage of water in Lake Casitas.
  • Between 1985 and 2017 extractions average approximately 4,898 acre feet per year.
  • 36% or approximately 1,768 acre feet pumped in to City of Ojai (via Community Facilitites District 1 (formerly Golden State Water Co.)

Rainfall:  21.2 incher per year

Storage at Lake Casitas:  41% of capacity or 98,390 AF