The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has declared a drought watch and is urging residents and businesses to reduce water consumption by 10 percent.

The district’s “Drought Response Level 1” does not impose mandatory restrictions on water use, but does encourage greater voluntary efforts.

“A Drought Level 1 involves things we do on a daily basis,” said Mario Remillard, the Carlsbad Municipal Water District conservation coordinator. “But because of the current dry conditions and the governor’s drought declaration, we want our residents and businesses to be more aware of the need to conserve.”

Good conservation measures include:

  • Irrigating residential and commercial landscape before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Repairing all water leaks within five days of notification by the water district
  • No washing of hard surfaces, such as driveways, patios, sidewalks and parking lots, unless necessary to remove safety or sanitation hazards.
  • Preventing water waste from inefficient landscape irrigation, and repairing any water leaks as soon as possible
  • Washing vehicles with a bucket and hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Serving water in restaurants only on request
  • Offering hotel guests the option of not having their towels and linens laundered daily

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought-related state of emergency on Jan. 17 after two consecutive dry years and the start of a third.

On Feb. 13 the San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors called upon the region’s residents, businesses and institutions to increase water conservation efforts in response to the drought.

Supplies are sufficient to carry the region through 2014, but any water conserved this year will carry into future years.

— From a City of Carlsbad press release

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.