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Water Conservation Watering Schedule and 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. Follow the link below to view the State Executive Order B-40-17: 

Click here to view the State Executive Order

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 8:00 pm and 8:00 am

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 Gov. Brown on 5/31/18

Conservation Fact Sheet May 31 2018.pdf

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

The City of Yreka has submitted a self-certified analysis to the State Water Board of the future reliability of Fall Creek supply if drought conditions continue in the State.  A link to the analysis is below.


Other Restrictions and 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.

Water Efficiency Program


Incentives are available to business and residential customers for water and energy savings.  Some examples of energy saving measures that include water savings are clothes washers, evaporative coolers, commercial dishwashers and ice machines.  Residential wattsmart® starter kits are also available and include Water-Sense certified faucet aerators and high-efficiency shower heads. For more information view one of the below links:

wattsmart® Business California

wattsmart® Residential California

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 follow the links under "Helpful Information" 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 fixtures (toilets, faucets, shower heads) and appliances (dish and clothing washers).
  • Only use washers when full.
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving. 
  • Take shorter showers. 


  • Fix leaks and prevent run-off!
  • Use a timer for watering and water only when dry.
  • Reduce UNUSED turf and follow the Lawn Watering Guide for remaining turf areas.
  • Use drip lines or porous soaker hoses on non-lawn areas.
  • Mulch to maintain moisture.
  • Replace pop-up sprays and impact heads with rotators or stream rotors

*Remember to use Fire Safe Landscaping techniques.

Home Water Survey

To save water and money schedule a free home survey by calling 530-841-2370.

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.

Contact us for more information.