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Water Efficiency Program

Mandatory Watering Schedule - Public Notice

The State Water Resources Control Board has issued emergency regulations that require the City of Yreka to implement mandatory water conservation measures.  To comply with this, the City is implementing Stage 2 “Water Alert” of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, effective August 1, 2014. The increase in water conservation measures is the result of ongoing drought conditions in California.

For more information, view the public notice>

Home Water Survey

To save water and money schedule a FREE home survey by calling 530-841-2370.  If you want to do a home survey yourself, download the surveyLearn more>

Why water efficiency?

Although Yreka has an excellent source of water, we have only a limited storage capacity for increased demands in the summer, and need to plan for emergencies such as power outages and fires. Yreka must also comply with strict State requirements to ensure the safety, security and efficient use of drinking water as an essential and limited resource.

Water Efficiency PSA #1

Water Efficiency PSA #2

Save water and save money!


Significant amounts of water can be wasted by leaks, inefficient water fixtures and appliances, and inappropriate landscaping and irrigation. For tips to reduce water use, please see the Water Efficiency Program flyer located at right.

Most Yreka water customers use twice as much water during the summer, due to landscape irrigation. In order to help water customers and residents reduce landscape irrigation water use, the City has developed two informative publications, located in the box on the right side of your screen.

Reducing Water Bills Through Water Efficient Landscaping presents landscaping and irrigation ideas for saving water. The Yreka Water Efficient Plant Guide is an extensive list of trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines, annuals and perennials which are rated for their water use, and are suitable for Yreka gardens and landscaping. Please feel free to check them out!

Top Water Saving Tips


  • Fix Leaks!
  • Use High Efficiency Toilets
  • Use High Efficiency Clothes Washers*
  • Use Low Flow Shower Heads*
  • Use High Efficiency Dish Washers* 
  • Only Use Washers When Full*
  • Turn Off Water When Brushing or Shaving
  • Take Shorter Showers

          *Also Saves Electricity


  • Fix Leaks!
  • Prevent Run-Off!
  • Water Only When Dry
  • Use a Timer for Watering
  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
  • Reduce UNUSED turf
  • Use Drip Lines/Porous Soaker Hoses on Non-Lawn Areas
  • Follow the City's Voluntary Guidelines and Tips
  • Follow the Lawn Watering Guide 
  • Replace Pop-Up Sprays and Impact Heads with Rotators or Stream Rotors

          Remember to use Fire Safe Landscaping techniques


Mandatory Summer Watering Schedule

April 1 to September 30:  For outdoor sprinklers and irrigation systems

  Days Hours
Even numbered addresses Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Before 11 am & after 6 pm
Odd numbered addresses Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Before 11 am & after 6 pm

The City requires all addresses to not water on Mondays. 

Occasional outdoor use such as minor hand watering, washing cars, and filling small pools may be done any time on any day.

Contact us for more information.