Drinking Water


The Governor has officially declared that the State of California is in a drought and is urging residents to take steps to conserve water.  Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, the agency from whom the City of Arcata buys water, is also asking that residents and local businesses voluntarily reduce their water use.  For water conservation tips go towww.saveourh2o.org
Click here to read the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District's press release calling for voluntary conservation.


This Division is responsible for monitoring, reporting, testing and treatment of all drinking water for the City of Arcata and the Jacoby Creek Water District.

It manages and maintains 12 water booster pump stations and 16 water storage tanks, located throughout 5 interconnected elevation zones.

It is responsible for approximately 5,000 water meters, from 3/4" to 10" service size. The Water Division is also responsible for annually testing 500 Backflow Prevention Devices, and fire service leak detector check devices.

The State of California Department of Health Services and the United States Environmental Protection Agency require the following programs: Water quality testing including, but not limited to: pH, coliform, chlorine, fluoride, iron, lead and copper, temperature, trihaolmethanes, and turbidity. Testing occurs on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual basis.