CARLSBAD, N.M. — Carlsbad residents and businesses are urged to voluntarily cut back on water usage before summer arrives. City officials say that starting water conservation measures now will be a test run for when the city’s water conservation, emergency response and drought management ordinance begins April 1.

The ordinance was passed by the City Council last year.

Mayor Dale Janway tells the Carlsbad Current-Argus the city is asking for voluntary water cutbacks two months early because the 12 to 13 inches of snow in late December and some rainfall in January did not bring enough moisture to break the severe drought Eddy County has experienced for more than a year.

Mayor Dale Janway tells the Carlsbad Current-Argus (http://bit.ly/zoWa8I ) the city is asking for voluntary water cutbacks two months early because the 12 to 13 inches of snow in late December and some rainfall in January did not bring enough moisture to break the severe drought Eddy County has experienced for more than a year.

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Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/