About the Program

The Water/Wastewater Division monitors, reports, tests and treats all drinking water for the City of Arcata and the Jacoby Creek Water District. It monitors, reports, tests and treats all wastewater, including 55-acres of oxidation ponds and 225-acres of treatment and enhancement marshes which make up the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Information on the quality of the City's water is available in the City of Arcata Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report and in the Jacoby Creek Water District Consumer Confidence/Water Quality Report.

Statewide Drought Emergency
For water conservation tips go to the Save Our Water online resource.

On May 5, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt emergency regulations to prevent waste and unreasonable use of water and to promote more water conservation. Here are the current water conservation measures in place statewide.

State Emergency Conservation Regulation
Prohibited for everyone (Unless there is an immediate health and safety concern):
  • Using potable water to irrigate ornamental turf on public street medians
  • Using potable water to irrigate landscapes of new homes and buildings inconsistent with California Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing and Community Development requirements
  • Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation
  • Applying potable water to outdoor landscapes and turf between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Applying potable water to outdoor ornamental landscapes and turf more than 4 days per calendar week except for commercial nurseries
  • Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
  • Using hoses with no shutoff nozzles to wash cars
  • Runoff onto adjacent property or hardscapes (sidewalks, roads, etc.) when irrigating with potable water
  • Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways
Required for Business
  • Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request