Water Scheduling & Restrictions


Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, on April 7, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought State of Emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or right after rainfall. View the State Executive Order B-40-17.

City's Water Shortage Contingency Plan

During the drought, the City was implementing Stage 2 (Water Alert) of the City's Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Customer efforts over this time played a large role in reducing water use an average of 16.5% since June of 2015. With the good precipitation over the winter and the lifting of the emergency regulations the City is able to ease restrictions and move back to Stage 1 (Basic Stage). Under this Stage, voluntary conservation measures are in place along with State mandated prohibitions that discourage the wasteful use of water.

Watering Schedule

To encourage water efficiency and reduce the peak water demands during the summer months, the city encourages customers to irrigate landscapes and gardens a maximum of three days per week based on the following odd-even schedule:

  • Addresses that end with an even number (2,4,6,8,0): Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Addresses that end with an odd number (1,3,5,7,9): Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Recommended watering hours are between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Properly operating drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses are encouraged and can be used on any day.

Fact Sheet on Long-term Conservation Legislation by Governor Brown on May 31, 2018

Self-Certification of Supply Reliability for Three Additional Years of Drought

The City of Yreka has submitted a self-certified analysis (PDF) to the State Water Board of the future reliability of Fall Creek supply if drought conditions continue in the state. 

Other Restrictions & Provisions

  • Water shall be used for beneficial uses. All wasteful use of water is prohibited.
  • Water shall be confined to the customer's property and shall not run off to adjoining property or to the roadside ditch or gutter. Care shall be taken to not water past the saturation point.
  • Automatic shut-off devices and/or sprinkler timers are recommended for use on any hose or filling apparatus in use.
  • Washing of streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, buildings or other hardscape surfaces is prohibited, except as necessary for health, sanitation or fire protection purposes.
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature is prohibited, unless the water is circulated. Using a hose to wash a vehicle is prohibited, unless the hose is fitted with a shut off nozzle.
  • Irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during 48 hours following measurable precipitation is prohibited.
  • Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.