As rain comes down, drought watch declared

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has declared a Drought Response Level 1 or drought watch condition. This declaration triggers voluntary water conservation measures for all water district customers with the goal of reducing water use by 10 percent. The Carlsbad Municipal Water District serves approximately 85 percent of Carlsbad residents and businesses.
The drought watch, which went into effect Feb. 2, is part of the water district’s updated Drought Response Plan and Water Conservation Program Ordinance passed Jan. 6. The ordinance allows the district to impose water conservation rules based on drought conditions. If conditions worsen, as is expected, the district could declare a Drought Response Level 2 or drought alert. At alert level, the water district board has the option of making certain water conservation measures mandatory to achieve a 20 percent reduction in water use.
Water agencies throughout San Diego County are enacting similar measures, based on prolonged-drought conditions affecting the Colorado River basin and water pumping restrictions in Northern California. The San Diego region depends on this imported water for up to 90 percent of its supply.
The drought response plan and ordinance call for year-round water use rules, regardless of the drought response level in place. These include no washing down of paved surfaces, unless necessary for safety or sanitation; stop water waste from inefficient landscape irrigation, and repair any water leaks as soon as possible; wash vehicles with a bucket and hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle; serve water in restaurants only on request and offer hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
In addition to increasing conservation, the city of Carlsbad is pursuing other water supply alternatives, including expanding the use of recycled water and the Carlsbad Desalination Project.
For more information visit the city’s Web site, www.carlsbadca.gov, or call the city’s water conservation line at (760) 602-4646.

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