Celebrate Water Week, May 6-12, 2018

Mission Statement

Water Week is a time to celebrate the wise use of water. Clean, safe drinking water is a finite resource that should be protected and used wisely for the benefit of generations to come. By educating and bringing awareness to wise water use today, we help to ensure that the resource remains plentiful. The City of Arcata's Environmental Services Department serves a key role in treating and distributing our drinking water, and would like to call upon all Arcata citizens to work together to protect our source waters, practice water conservation, and get involved in local water issues. Please join the City of Arcata as we celebrate the wise use of water!

Deadline: 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10

Water Week Poster Contest Headline
Youth of all ages are invited to think about “It All Starts With Water” and to create an entry for this year’s Water Week poster contest. Submissions using crayon, paint or any artistic medium on white, 8-1/2” by 11” paper are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. Posters can be turned in to any local school office, or mailed or delivered to Arcata City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521.

All posters will be displayed at City Hall from May 14 to 31 and winners will be displayed at the Arcata Farmers Market during Water Week on Saturday, May 12. Prizes will be award to the first, second and third place winners in the Pre-K to Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd Grade, 4th through 6th Grade, and 7th through 12th Grade Divisions.

Check Us Out During Water Week

Visit us at the Arcata Farmers Market on Saturday, May 12, as we culminate Water Week with fun activities for kids and lots of useful information. Complete a passport activity, play water related games and win prizes! Learn lots about a variety of water topics.

At the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, during Water Week, Friends Of the Arcata Marsh has a new wetlands model (interactive teaching tool) that will be set up for demonstration. This model shows how wetlands absorb run off from streets, construction, factories, etc.  The center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Visit us at Humboldt Green's Family Fun Fest event on Sunday April 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville! We will be tabling to have kids complete poster contest entries for submission and will be giving away some fun stuff! 

Water Quality

Have you ever wondered what’s in our drinking water, where our local drinking water comes from, or what local water agencies are doing to ensure that this valuable resource remains plentiful in our community? We have answers!
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Contact Us

  1. Water Week

    Environmental Services Department
    Streets & Utilities Division

    Tracy Watkins

    Phone: 707-825-2167
    Fax: 707-825-2158


    (Excluding Holidays)
    Monday - Thursday
    8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Classroom Presentations

Is water part of your curriculum? The Environmental Services Department's Tracy Watkins is available to give a 10-minute classroom presentation on Water Stewardship to your class during the last week of April and the first two weeks of May. Call or email Tracy to schedule a presentation about water.

Water Conserving Plant List

Saving Water

On average, each person living in Arcata uses around 50 gallons of water per day.  WeCalc, a free home water and energy calculator, helps you quantify water and energy consumption in your home and gives valuable information on how to reduce your water and energy use.  After you enter your information, WeCalc calculates your daily household water usage.  

How does your household compare?  Divide your Household Water Use by the number of people in your household. This number is the amount of water each person in your household uses per day. Congratulations to those who use less than 50 gallons per day!  If your daily water use higher than average and you want to reduce your daily water use visit saveourwater.org for easy, cost effective wise water use tips. We challenge you to make a few wise water changes and try the water calculator again. Set a water use goal and keep trying until you reach your goal!