Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: The Drought is Over in Carlsbad? Think Again!

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The Drought is Over in Carlsbad? Think Again!

The Drought is Over in Carlsbad? Think Again


We have been blessed with plenty of rain in the last couple of months that has taken off the edge from the severe drought here in California that we have been experiencing for a number of years. While reservoirs appear to be at their highest levels in some time, the attitude that the drought is over and there are no issues, and we can resume watering as we wish, is a risky one…and wrong.


water sprinkler in Carlsbad


Residents - Be aware thatCarlsbad still has watering restrictions, and while they are less restrictive than before when we were in a Stage 3 drought emergency, the request is still to only water 3 times per week, at best.


Watering is to be done BEFORE 6 am and AFTER 10 pm to reduce water loss via evaporation. And the watering should last for no more than 10 minute per watering station. Residents can split this up into 2 5-minute segments morning and night as 10 minutes may cause run-off which is also wasteful. We often see water running down the side of the street in some areas which is wasteful.


Even numbered homes are to water on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, while odd numbered homes should water on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.


Apartments, condos and businesses are requested to water on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


Despite the rain we are still a desert climate and should make water conservation an important part of our lives. Water is still a very precious resource, whether there is a drought or not. We pay dearly for it as well, with recent rate hikes.



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Comment balloon 15 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • March 15 2017 07:05PM


Water is precious Jeff Dowler hope you have a better year then last

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 3 years ago

On occasion we have watering restrictions Jeff Dowler but they are pretty rare in Minot ND. You offer some very good info to your clients in this post.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 3 years ago

Technically my area is out of the most recent southeast drought but we too still have local water restrictions in place for some water sources.  However if you water from the lake or a well there are none. :)

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

I am glad there has been much needed water to fill up the reservoirs. Conserving water is still a good idea and following local watering restrictions is very important.  -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - over 3 years ago

Great point, Jeff. None of us out here in the semi-arid west can take water for granted, and conservation is the only policy that makes long-term sense.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

Hi Jeff... we've had one or two years with restrictions since I moved to Charlotte 18 years ago... but certainly nothing like what you guys have been going through for a long time now.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 3 years ago

Jeff hopefully you will get enough rain throughout the month so that there will not be a need to water the grass.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 3 years ago

Hi Jeff, we don't have a drought problem but had watering restrictions for the past couple of years, I think it's a good thing. It drives me nuts to see sprinklers on while it's raining.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 3 years ago

We are in pretty good shape now Hannah Williams  But given how things are here, we will likely start another period of less rain than needed.

I find that lots of people are not aware, including new homeowners Bob "RealMan" Timm 

No doubt there are plenty who do use thelake or wells Tammy Lankford, 


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

It is indeed Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC . I think most residents are pretty good about it but even during the severe drought and stiff water restrictions there were violators.

Totally agree with you there Dick Greenberg  We can't take it for granted!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

I'm not surprised to hear that - seems there are plenty of places that have had watering restrictions from what I have heard, Nina Hollander 

We have our irrigation turned off and have had since moving in over 2 years ago - we do not have a lawn but removed the small one we had, and just have gardens and hardscape and much of it is drought tolerant. Hopefully there will be more rain before the rainy season ends soon, George Souto 

They ARE a good thing , Beth Atalay , really anywhere!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

We have the same situation back here in CT.  We have been under water restrictions for almost 2 years and the snows that have fallen will make a dent but not relieve the problem unless we get some good spring rains

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 3 years ago

But isn't it wonderful that you have had rain and it is not as severe as it used to be? We should all conserve our natural resources. Good localism post, Jeff.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

Hi Jeff --- smart advice.  The drought is far from over despite the opinion of some.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 3 years ago

Hi Jeff Dowler (:  What a great reminder for Carlsbad residents.
I worked for the Oklahoma Department of Forestry (in the late 90's) and can remember all the excitement while posting the "Red Flag Fire" and "Burn Ban alerts.  Fortunately those phrases are usually taken seriously around here.
Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., Buy and Sell Real Estate with Confidence (Buy and Sell Oklahoma LLC) over 3 years ago