Yuba City Water


On July 8, 2021, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-21 (Executive Order).  The Executive Order expanded the state of emergency previously proclaimed for 41 counties in Executive Orders issued on April 21 and May 10, to include an additional 9 counties.  The Executive Order notes that, “action by Californians now to conserve water and to extend local groundwater and surface water supplies will provide greater resilience if the drought continues in future years.”  The Executive Order also states, “To preserve the State’s surface and groundwater supplies and better prepare for the potential for continued dry conditions next year, and to join existing efforts by agricultural water users, public water systems, and governmental agencies to respond to water shortages, I call on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% from their 2020 levels.” 

Measures identified in the Executive Order that help to achieve 15% voluntary conservation include:

  • Irrigate landscapes more efficiently – Water one day less per week, do not water during or immediately after rainfall, water during the cooler parts of the day, and use a weather-based irrigation controller.
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full
  • Find and fix leaks
  • Install water efficient showerheads and take shorter showers
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on hoses and take cars to commercial car washes that use recycled water

Per the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, 15% voluntary conservation fits into Stage 2, which is considered a “Water Warning” and is to be implemented when up to 20% conservation requested.  Under a Stage 2 “Water Warning”, customers are informed of possible shortages and the following measures are to be implemented:

Prohibited Water Uses

  • Allowing water to run off unused into a gutter, ditch, or drain
  • Failing to repair a controllable leak
  • Washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas
  • Utilizing a hand-held hose without an automatic shut-off nozzle
  • Irrigating during a precipitation event

15% Voluntary Conservation Compared to 2020

  • Goal is to use water more wisely
  • 15% conservation standard established by Governor Newsom
  • 2020 is the baseline year for comparison
  • Ensures that there is enough water supply to meet water demand, even with additional dry years

Rebate Programs Available
Though water conditions have improved, using water efficiently inside and out is still important. The City is proud to offer a limited number of rebates to our customers to help offset the financial impact of water-efficient upgrades:

  • WaterSense-Labeled Toilets - Up to $100 rebate and two per location
  • WaterSense-Labeled Smart Irrigation Controls - Up to 50% or $75, whichever is less, and two per location
  • WaterSense-Labeled Showerheads - Up to $20 and two per location 

To download a rebate application, please see our water rebate page.
The City appreciates the conservation efforts of our water customers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Public Works at (530) 822-4626.