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City of Shasta Lake Mandatory Water Restrictions

Click here to see the current status of the City's Conservation Efforts.  Published by DWR "Proposed Urban Water Supplier Usage Tiers."  DWR will update this information monthly.

This page contains the following information:

Governor Brown Declares Drought EMERGENCY

On January 17, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought state of emergency declaration in response to record-low water levels in California’s rivers and reservoirs as well as an abnormally low snowpack. The declaration puts into motion a variety of policy and procedural directives that are key to implementing California’s management of one of the driest year the state has ever experiences.

On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued the fourth in a series of Executive Orders on actions necessary to address California’s severe drought conditions. With snowpack water content at a record low level of 5 percent of average for April 1st , major reservoir storage shrinking each day as a percentage of their daily average measured over the last several decades, and groundwater levels continuing to decline, urgent action is needed. The April 1 Executive Order requires, for the first time in the State’s history, mandatory conservation of potable urban water use. Commercial agriculture in many parts of the State has already been notified of severe cutbacks in water supply contracted through the State and Federal Water Projects and is bracing for curtailments of surface water rights in the near-term. Conserving water more seriously now will forestall even more catastrophic impacts if it does not rain next year.

Bureau of Reclamation announces North of Delta contractors will receive 100%  of their contract supply

April 1, 2016 Notice-MP-16-074 Initial Water Supply Allocation for Central Valley Project

City Council votes to end Water Shortage Emergency

In response to the one of the wettest winters in State history and 100% water allocation from Bureau of Reclamation,  on September 5, 2017 the City Council voted to remove the City from the Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency.   

Drought Update: May 4, 2015
Drought Update: May 18, 2015
Drought Update: May 26, 2015
Drought Update: June 2, 2015
Drought Update: July 21, 2015
Drought Update: August 26, 2015
Drought Update: September 9, 2015
Drought Update: September 16,2015
Drought Update: October 30, 2015
Drought Update February 2017
Executive Order April 2017

Current Water Use Restrictions

1. Water shall be used for beneficial uses only; all unnecessary and wasteful uses of water shall be prohibited.

2. Water from landscape irrigation shall be confined to the consumer's property and shall not be allowed to run off to adjoining property or to the roadside ditch or gutter.

3. Water shall not be used for washing cars, boats, trailers, or other vehicles by hose without a shutoff nozzle and bucket, except to wash such vehicles at commercial or fleet vehicle washing facilities.

4. Water shall not be used to wash buildings, structures, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, open ground or other hard surfaced areas except where necessary for public health or safety. 

5. Free-flowing hoses for any use shall be prohibited. Customers shall use automatic shutoff devices on any hose or filling apparatus.

6. Faulty sprinklers and/or breaks within the customer’s plumbing system shall be repaired within twenty-four (24) hours after the customer is notified or discovers the break.

7. All wading/portable pools and spas shall be equipped with a recirculating pump, and shall be constructed to be leak-proof.  Swimming pool/spa covers are encouraged to prevent evaporative water loss.

8. Irrigated landscaped areas shall include efficient irrigation systems (e.g., drip irrigation systems, timed sprinklers, rain sensors, low-flow spray heads, etc.).

9. All new development shall be required to install low flow devices (i.e., toilets and shower heads) pursuant to California Building Code standards. 

10. Restaurant customers shall receive water only upon request.


For the first and second violations, the City will issue a warning.  Subsequent violations within a 12-month period shall be:  $100 for third violation; $200 for fourth violation; $500 for fifth and subsequent violations.  The amount of the penalties will be added to the customer's utility bill.

Customers may apply for a hardship variance from any of the water use restrictions in unique circumstances.

If you notice a neighbor violating the water use restrictions, it may be because they are not aware of the restrictions.  Please help the City and your neighbor by letting them know about the new restrictions.  

Also, you may report a violation to the City by submitting this form to the Water Department:  Complaint Form - Water Use Violations

Water Rebate and Conservation Kits
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Sample of Outdoor Water Conservation Kit
Water Conservation items Available to our Water Customers:
Water customers are allowed to pick up various indoor and outdoor water conservation items.  These are available at our front customer service counter at 1650 Stanton Drive, Shasta Lake, CA 96019.  Proof of water service is required at time of pick up.

FREE---Water Audits, Leak Detection, and Landscape Surveys:
Water customers can schedule an appointment for Free Water Audits, Leak Detection, and Landscape Surveys.  To inquire about these services, please contact our customer service department at (530) 275-7400. To schedule an appointment, please contact Efficiency Services Group at 855-516-2105.

The City of Shasta Lake offers the following Water Conservation Rebate's / Programs:
(this program is active until all funding is exhausted)

Type Final Condition Rebate Max/Unit
High Performance Low Water Sense Label $100
Flush Toilet, replacing standard Model

High Performance Clothes Water Factor 5 or $100
Washer less

Automatic Irrigation Controller WaterSense Labeled $100
replacing Manually Controlled Model

If you are interested in submitting a rebate for one or more of these items, please complete and submit the following application:
Residential Water Conservation Rebate Application

Water Conservation Tips
Every Drop Counts - Reduce your use:
A brochure that includes effective water conservation tips, courtesy of Ann Morningstar, Shasta Lake Gateway Library, can be viewed here:  
Water Conservation Tips Brochure


This site, published by the California Urban Water Conservation Council, includes the top 5 ways to reduce water use around your home.  There is also a link to user-friendly tools and landscape templates.

Home Advisor:

This website includes:

Ideas for saving water inside and outside;

Water saving tips just for kids;

Additional resources (links) for more ways to save water.

Save Our Water:

These websites provide water conservation ideas and informational articles.

Water Education Foundation: 

Provides educational information and links to water-related resources.  Includes educational materials for school programs.

Drought Watch Newsletter(s) and Article(s)
Tony Thomasy
Water Treatment Superintendent & Water Conservation Officer

4477 Main Street
PO BOX 777
Shasta Lake, California  96019

Ph: (530) 275-7488

Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
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