Voluntary Water Conservation


In a proactive measure to ensure availability of the City’s drinking water for the upcoming summer months the Public Works Department is asking that citizens enact water conservation measures related to irrigation.  If the voluntary curtailment does not result in a reduced demand the City may begin enforcement of the Water Curtailment Ordinance (Ord. No. 3287, Municipal Code Chapter 53.25).

Irrigation restrictions have already been implemented at City parks, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Quail Ridge Golf Course, the Sports Complex and other ball fields.

Staff is now asking that residential, commercial and industrial users move to an alternating (odd/even) irrigation schedule.  This means that if your address is an odd number (ends in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) you should irrigate on the odd days of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) and if your address ends in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) you should irrigate on even days of the month (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.).  Addresses ending in ½ or Apartment # or letter should irrigate based on the primary address (ie: 123 ½ Main Street would be on an ODD day irrigation schedule and 124 Main Street, Apartment 1 would be on an EVEN day irrigation schedule).

The Baker City Watershed is currently providing approximately 4.5 million gallons of water each day to the water treatment facility which is more typical of late August quantity rather than early July quantity.  In addition, the ASR well is being utilized to meet peak daily demands.  In an effort to even out the water distribution with the availability of water from the Watershed it is in the best interest of the water system to reduce irrigation use.  Typical winter daily usage is approximately 2 million gallons of water per day. The daily usage increases to over 7 million gallons per day in the summer months.  We believe that with minor changes to the irrigation of our green spaces we will see a significant impact to our water supply.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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Sam-O-Swim Committee

After last night's City Council meeting a newly formed Sam-O-Swim Committee had members appointed by City Council. The new members of the committee are: Rustin Smith, Jason Bybee, Andrew Bryan, Jerri Wickert and Noel Scott. More information will be available shortly. Add a comment

Sam-O-Swim Committee

A new committee has been formed to assist with work at the Sam-O-Swim center.

The Sam-O-Swim Center Committee will act as strong advocates for the Sam-O-Swim Center and work in concert with the City Council as well as City staff to ensure that the center remains a viable asset to the community of Baker City and Baker County. There are five vacancies: One member will have a one year term, two members will have two year terms, and two members will have three year terms.

Anyone interested in volunteering for appointment to the above Committee may contact Luke Yeaton at City Hall, 541-524-2033 or lyeaton@bakercity.com. Applications may be submitted electronically through www.bakercity.com.

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