Carlsbad issues new water use rules

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The recently installed Carlsbad sign.

By Amanda Banion

The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has adopted new, less stringent water use rules just in time for summer, the city announced June 14 – with a caveat.

“Even with the drought declared officially over, the next one is just around the corner,” said water district General Manager Wendy Chambers. “Using water wisely needs to be an ongoing effort in Southern California.”

Under the new rules, landscape irrigation is allowed on any day of the week and no longer limited to 10 minutes per sprinkler station.  Water officials recommend watering no more than three days a week, although that is no longer a mandatory limit.

Mandatory water use restrictions, which are in effect regardless of the current “drought alert” level, include:

Irrigation

  • Irrigate residential and commercial landscape before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. only.
  • 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.

Washing  

  • 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 and park the car on grass or rocks so water does not run off into the street.

Fountains  

  • Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains.
  • Leaks
  • Repair all water leaks within five days of notification by the water district.

Businesses

  • Serve water in restaurants only on request.
  • Offer hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
  • Use recycled or non-drinking water for construction purposes when available.
  • Non-recirculating systems in all new conveyer car wash and commercial laundry systems are prohibited.

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% of the city. South and southern and eastern portions of the city are served by the Vallecitos Water District and the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.

Information about rebates and incentives for low water use appliances and fixtures is available on the city website.

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