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Drought Rules Extended

Changes to the state’s emergency drought response regulation adopted earlier this month by the State Water Resources Control Board extend current water use restrictions until October and will provide a credit to local agencies that have invested in drought-proof water supplies, such as the Carlsbad Desalination Project. Under the new formula, Carlsbad will need to reduce water use by 20 percent compared to 2013, instead of the 28 percent previously required. 

Customers in the Carlsbad Municipal Water District service area cut their water use by an average of 22 percent in January, compared to January of 2013. 

On April 1, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a statewide 25 percent reduction of drinkable urban water use through February 2016. Each city has its own conservation targets set by the state. 

To coincide with new statewide mandatory water cutbacks last year, the City of Carlsbad launched a water conservation campaign called Carlsbad Conserves to raise awareness of new water use rules and encourage greater conservation.   

As part of the campaign, the City of Carlsbad is making yard signs available for residents and business owners who want to highlight their efforts. Pick one up at: 

City of Carlsbad Senior Center
799 Pine Ave. 

City of Carlsbad Faraday Administration Center
1635 Faraday Ave.

The water district is also promoting awareness of tools and resources, including rebates, free home water use checkups, water wise landscaping seminars and discounts on low water use plants.  

Current water use restrictions include: 

  • Effective Dec. 1, 2015 through June 1, 2016, use sprinklers one day per week and only on assigned days. Water only between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Homes with addresses ending in ODD numbers may water on Tuesdays. EVEN numbered addresses and condos, apartments and businesses may water only on Mondays.
  • Set sprinklers to run no more than eight minutes per station (Tip: split this time to four minutes in the morning and four in the evening to avoid run off).
  • Stop water waste from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, overspray and misdirected sprinklers.
  • Use a bucket or a hose with a shutoff nozzle when watering landscaped areas with no irrigation system.
  • Turn off irrigation during and 48 hours after rain.
  • Irrigate nursery and commercial grower’s products between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. only.
  • Watering is permitted any time with a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system/equipped is used. Irrigation of nursery propagation beds is permitted at any time. Watering of livestock is permitted at any time. 


  • Don’t wash down hard surfaces, such as driveways, patios, sidewalks and parking lots with a hose, unless necessary for safety or sanitation.
  • If washing a vehicle at home, use a bucket and hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle.
  • Use recycled or non-drinking water for construction purposes.
  • Single pass-through cooling systems as part of new water service connections will be prohibited. Non-recirculating systems in all new conveyer car wash and commercial laundry systems are prohibited. 


  • Stop operating decorative fountains unless they use recirculated water. 


  • Repair all water leaks within 72 hours of notification from the water district. 

Restaurants and Hotels  

  • Serve water in restaurants only on request.
  • Offer hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily. 

The rules don’t apply to users of recycled water, which is highly treated wastewater used for landscaping and other non-drinking purposes. Low water use irrigation systems are also exempt from these rules.  

The water district has the power to impose fines, but awareness and education are the first steps. Members of the public who spot possible water waste can call the district at 760-438-2722 or email water@carlsbadca.gov. Please include as much detail as possible, including addresses and photos, if possible.  

The Carlsbad Municipal Water District, a subsidiary of the City of Carlsbad, serves about 85 percent of the city. South and southeastern portions of the city are served by the Vallecitos Water District and the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.  

For more information
Visit the Carlsbad Municipal Water District’s Web page at www.carlsbadca.gov/water, or call 760-438-2722

Visit the San Diego County Water Authority’s conservation website, http://www.watersmartsd.org/

February 26, 2016