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Can I water my lawn every day? Carlsbad limits water use in the summer

Can I water my lawn every day? Carlsbad limits water use in the summer
Can I water my lawn every day? Carlsbad limits water use in the summer

The lack of rain and persistent heat this summer prompted the City of Carlsbad to impose Level One water restrictions for the City of Carlsbad, according to a press release.

The New Mexico State University Sustainable Agriculture Science Center, located between Carlsbad and Artesia, reported 42.3 mm of rain in Eddy County through June 27. The center recorded 13 days in June with temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius.

By June 27, more than two inches of rain had fallen at the Cavern City Air Terminal south of Carlsbad, airport manager Cari Pickens said.

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During the mandatory restrictions, residents are only allowed to water outdoors with sprinklers or hoses during certain times, the press release said.

What you should know before watering

Carlsbad residents with odd-numbered houses were allowed to water before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Residents with even-numbered houses were allowed to water before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Watering is not permitted on Mondays.

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“The City of Carlsbad is making every effort to keep our parks beautiful during the summer months and will continue to water only when necessary,” said Carlsbad Mayor Rick Lopez.

He said the city is committed to water conservation, which includes using recycled water at the Lake Carlsbad Golf Course.

“We must work together to survive this brutally hot summer,” Lopez said in the press release.

Are there any exceptions?

Freshly seeded or turfed lawns or newly planted trees and shrubs that require daily watering to survive can be watered with a bucket as needed and at limited times.

Why do these rules exist?

The irrigation plan was already in force but was necessitated by the implementation of the first phase restrictions.

The Carlsbad City Council first enacted the restrictions in 2011 via an ordinance that also included restrictions on restaurants and the community.

Could the city take additional measures?

As water supplies become scarcer, the regulation will be extended to include water rationing levels two and three.

In Phase 2, even-numbered homes will only be allowed to be watered on Sundays, while odd-numbered homes will be allowed to be watered on Saturdays. No watering is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. No lawns can be seeded or sod, and no trees can be planted. The city will double water rates, limit municipal usage, and require restaurants to provide water only upon request.

The mayor will also call an extraordinary city council meeting to determine the next steps.

In Phase Three, the city will no longer allow outdoor watering and Phase 2 rules will remain in effect. The ordinance specifies that the city will maintain Phase 3 only as long as necessary and will lift those rules “as soon as practicable.” Another emergency meeting will be called and the city manager will provide updates to the mayor weekly and at each City Council meeting.

What happens if you break the rules?

City enforcement officers will drive around the city looking for water restriction violations. They will issue up to three warnings to people who water outside of the designated hours. Repeat violations may be referred to enforcement officers, who may issue fines, or to local police.

Information about the water plan is included in the water bills.

Is Carlsbad and southeastern New Mexico suffering from a drought?

Southeastern New Mexico was experiencing the state’s worst drought as of June 25, according to the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor. Eddy County was experiencing the region’s worst drought, with 91% of the county classified as “extreme drought,” the second-highest drought class, according to the monitor.

About 12 percent of Eddy County was in the highest drought category, the monitor showed. This is an improvement from the exceptional drought level that was 73 percent in Eddy County three months ago, the monitor said.

In neighboring Lea County, there were no extreme or exceptional drought conditions, according to the monitor, and in Chaves County, there were about 48% extreme and 0.72% exceptional drought conditions.

The monitor showed that New Mexico as a state was about 13 percent affected by extreme drought and 0.4 percent by exceptional drought.

Carlsbad is unlikely to see much improvement from the dry, hot weather next week, with highs of 40 degrees Celsius and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and “scattered showers” forecast for Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Highs of 102 degrees were reached on Saturday, also with a 20% chance of precipitation. Highs of 99 degrees and 101 degrees were reached on Sunday and Monday, respectively, with no chance of precipitation expected.

“Hazardous heat was forecast for the region Friday through Wednesday, according to a hazardous weather forecast from the National Weather Service.

Adrian Hedden You can reach us at 734-972-6855, [email protected] or @AdrianHedden on the social media platform X.

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