Residents in these cities are most likely to pay bills on time

Water, Sewer & Trash Billing

Residents in these cities are most likely to pay bills on time

The City of Carlsbad understands that the COVID-19 emergency is having a significant effect on our community. Please see what changes have been made to provide some relief. 

Starting during the month of March and continuing until the end of the emergency, Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers will not incur any late fees for non-payment and the city will not discontinue water service during this time for non-payment.

Unfortunately Prop 218 prohibits government agencies from allowing some customers to subsidize other customers. As a government agency we are unable to forgive customer bills. The reason electric companies, phone companies and other utilities can offer discounts and bill forgiveness is because they are for-profit agencies.

Resources to help with paying your water bill. 

The City of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Municipal Water District purchases water from the San Diego County Water Authority, and both agencies are responsible for making sure that our tap water meets the state’s strict heath standards. Public drinking water is always treated and tested to assure that pathogens (including viruses) are removed before it is distributed to the public. 

In addition, there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted through water. In fact, coronavirus is a respiratory illness the flu, and neither are spread through treated water supplies.

The World Health Organization has stated that the, “presence of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies.

” Additionally, EPA recommends that citizens continue to use and drink tap water as usual.

At this time, there are no indications that COVID-19 is in the drinking water supply or will affect the reliable supply of water.

We encourage you to visit the San Diego County Water Authority website for additional information.

New Utility Bill Payment Website

The City of Carlsbad has upgraded its utility bill payment website to provide a new, improved and secure way for Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers to pay their utility bills online.

All Carlsbad Municipal Water District customers who currently receive their bills electronically and/or pay their bills online need to register for a new account.

Register for a new account through a simple two step process:

1. Go online to and enter your account number and zip code to register for a new online account
2. A confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to complete registration

Helpful Hints

1.  When entering your account number, please omit any leading zeros at the beginning of the account number.  For example, if your account number is 0001234-01, enter the account number as 1234-01.

2.  When creating a password, you will need to use a minimum of 8 characters and at least 3 of those characters need to be non-alpha numeric (i.e. !@#$%).

3.  Please do not use Internet Explorer to access this system.  The preferred internet browser is Chrome.

The new website provides improved functionality through a user-friendly online portal for easily viewing and paying bills as well as the convenience of multiple secure payment options.

New Online Payment Features

  • View and pay your bill online anytime with credit/debit card or e-check
  • Set up automatic monthly payments that securely link a credit/debit card or e-check to your account
  • Mobile friendly online payment system
  • One-time online payment option without registration
  • Securely store payment information for a faster payment experience
  • Go Paperless to protect the environment
  • Receive notifications and payment confirmations via email
  • Check your balance or make a payment 24 hours a day

Customers have the option to pay their bills by phone at all hours through a new secure automated hotline that can be reached at 760-602-2420, and selecting Option 1. Customers can also continue to mail in payments or make payments in person at Faraday Center or use the drop box at City Hall.

Setup Fee

  • A setup fee of $40 will be assessed on the first bill.

Delivery Charge

  • Monthly delivery charge is meter size.
  • This charge is assessed even if no water is used.


Payments can be made:

  • Online, acceptable methods of payment include Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
  • Drop boxes located in City Hall parking lot on Pio Pico Drive and outside the City of Carlsbad Faraday building (1635 Faraday Ave.). Payments deposited in these drop boxes will NOT be credited to an account until the following business day.
  • Over the phone by calling 760-602-2420, Option 1.

Please note:

  • The city reserves the right to refuse payment of utility charges in coins.
  • Postdated checks will not be accepted.
  • Past due bills scheduled for shut off must be paid in cash, money order, or credit card in person at the Faraday building, or by credit card with utility billing customer service by calling 760-602-2420, Option 1.

Automatic Payment Service

AutoPay is a convenient option in which bills will be paid automatically, on their due dates, using your default credit card or bank account.  This will avoid any late fees and free you from having to remember when to pay.

  Login to your account and click on “AutoPay” to enroll. Allow two (2) business days for AutoPay to be activated.  Automatic payment will not go into effect for your next bill if the due date is within two (2) business days.

Vacation Arrangements

When going on vacation or town for an extended period of time, please arrange to pay the bill in advance to avoid late charges and potential service termination. Arrangements may be made by calling the Finance Department at 760-602-2420, Option 1.

Billing Practices

  • The City of Carlsbad bills water and sewer customers on a monthly basis.
  • To determine whether property is located within these districts, please view the water district or sewer district maps.
  • The billing period is normally 30 days and the water meter reading date.
  • If service is established in the middle of a billing period, all charges are prorated.
  • Charges paid after the due date are subject to a ten percent late fee.
  • Charges not paid after 30 days are considered delinquent and are subject to additional fees.
  • Charges will continue to accrue until the city is notified to discontinue service.

About Recycling and Trash Services and Rates

The City of Carlsbad provides recycling and trash solid waste services to its residents and businesses as outlined in Chapter 6.08 of the Carlsbad Municipal Code.

  These services are provided through a franchise agreement with Waste Management.  The agreement was approved by the City Council in February 2012.

  This agreement established residential, commercial and multi-family rates for various recycling and trash services, effective July 1, 2012.

Waste Management provides and maintains the recycling, trash, and green waste carts and bins and provides the following services:

  • The residential solid waste services include the weekly collection of trash, recyclables and green waste.
  • The commercial solid waste services include collection of trash, recyclables and green waste as frequently as scheduled by the customer, but not less than once per week.

Waste Management guarantees that throughout the term of the contract that the the contractor's net rate for Single-Family residential Cart Collection Services (for a 64 or 96 gallon cart) and the contractor's net rate for Multi-Family and Commercial Bin Collection Service (for a three-yard bin picked up once per week) will be in the lowest third of net rates being charged for similar services in all cities in San Diego County using a franchised collection system.

For additional information about Recycling and Trash services, please visit the city's Environmental Management Recycling Division website.  

Collection Day Changes

Find your new trash collection day at

Establishing Water Service

  • The City of Carlsbad requires at least 24 hours notice for service turn-on.
  • To determine whether the property is located within the city’s districts, please view the water district or sewer district maps.
  • There is a $40 turn on fee for all new accounts.
  • If the city is contacted on the same day as requested service turned on, there will be a $150 charge assessed on the next bill.
  • When calling on holidays, on weekends or after 5 p.m. on weekdays to have water turned on the same day, a charge of $178 must be paid to the city on the following working day.

Discontinuing Service

  • By accepting service, one is subject to all rules and regulations of the city, and is responsible for all charges incurred on the monthly bill until the city is notified to discontinue service.
  • Charges will accrue until the city is contacted to discontinue service. The city requires at least 24 hours notice to discontinue service.

Continuity of Service for Landlords Only

  • The City of Carlsbad offers a continuity of service fee option of $12 (in lieu of the $40 setup fee) for landlords who wish to retain water service to rental properties during periods of vacancy.
  • This option is only for City of Carlsbad landlords who receive water service from the city water district.
  • To sign up for this service, please complete a continuity of service agreement form and return it to the Utility Billing Department.


These 13 cities, states, and countries will pay you to move there

Residents in these cities are most likely to pay bills on time

You might not be in Kansas anymore — if you ever lived to begin with — but the city of Topeka wants to change that.

Local officials in Kansas’s capital city have approved a measure that would pay people up to $10,000 to move to the city and rent, and $15,000 to move there and purchase a home, the Kansas City Star reported.

The “Choose Topeka” program is a match of public funds and employer money. It’s meant to cover moving costs and make the idea of putting down roots more appealing in the city, population 125,904.

Participants will get the money after living one year in the city or surrounding area, which has attractions the Evel Knievel museum, a zoo, nature trails, and a stately capitol building.

Initial funding will cover the costs to help bring in 40 to 60 new residents, according to an announcement of the program.

The program is meant to support local business efforts to attract and retain talented workers, “but we also intend to showcase just how much Topeka and Shawnee County supports its local talent and is crusading for them to reach that next step in their pathway to success and happiness within the community,” said Molly Howey, senior vice president, economic development, in the Greater Topeka Partnership, an umbrella organization focused on the community’s development.

While Topeka gets its program underway, other places in America and across the globe are already trying to entice new residents with cash and other perks. Here’s a look at some other spots that would love to have you think about living there.

Tulsa, Okla.

Tulsa, Okla. announced a program last year that will pay people up to $10,000 to move there. plans in Topeka, the Tulsa program requires people to reside a year before they receive any cash. Tulsa’s offering gives program participants free membership to a co-working space in the city.

“We are looking for talented and energetic people who not only will consider relocating permanently to Tulsa but especially for people who want to make something happen here — to add to the dynamism, idealism and get ’er done spirit of Tulsa.” Ken Levit, executive director of George Kaiser Family Foundation, previously said.

Antikythera, Greece

Antikythera, an island in the Aegean Sea between Crete and mainland Greece, boasts picturesque harbor towns and idyllic beaches surrounded by aquamarine waters. Yet only 20 people, including three children, live on the underpopulated island that mainly consists of male pensioners over 70.

So the local diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church is trying to lure in families with young children by offering a monthly stipend of 500 euros (about $565) for the first three years that they live there, the Los Angeles Times reported, which adds up to a little over $20,000 to help them get on their feet. The chosen ones will also be given a house, and a plot of land on which to either farm or start a business.

Preference will be given to Greek citizens, and four families have already been selected to be sponsored to live on the island, the LA Times noted. Yet the church will continue to consider other applicants to help boost the local population and its economy. “If nothing is done, the island will be deserted,” the mayor told Greek City Times in 2018.

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If a remote island without a supermarket or a gas station where you need to speak fluent Greek is a bit of a stretch, those looking to get paid to relocate can also check out Vermont.

The Green Mountain state is ready to give remote workers from out-of-state plenty of green, offering them up to $10,000 over two years if they relocate to the state on or after Jan. 1, 2019. The Remote Worker Program is offering these grants on a first-come, first-served basis to encourage young professionals to live and work in the state.

(Vermont has the country’s third-highest median age at 42.7 years, and its overall population has remained flat or shrunk slightly.) These new residents will get $5,000 a year to put toward qualifying expenses, which can include relocation costs, computer software and hardware, broadband access, as well as a membership to a coworking space.

Related:This U.S. state will pay you $10,000 to move there

And Vermont is just the latest New England state coaxing young professionals with financial perks.

While Maine has no trouble drawing about 36 million tourists to explore its rocky coastline each year, getting local graduates to stay for good, or drawing in young professionals from other states, has been harder.

(Its median age is also high; 44, or five years older than the median age across the rest of the country.) So the 2008 Opportunity Maine Tax Credit, which helps pay off the student loans of Maine residents, has expanded to out-of-state workers.

After you move to Maine, the amount of money you put toward paying your student loans each year is subtracted from your state income taxes. So if you pay $1,800 in student loans, but you owe the state $2,000 in taxes, then you just pay Maine $200 at tax time.


The catch is, out-of-state residents must have earned their bachelors or associates degrees after 2015 to qualify; that suggests the initiative is targeted toward grads in their mid-to-late 20s, assuming they pursued their degrees right after high school. Maine residents who earned a degree after 2007 and before 2016 from a Maine school can still get the benefit, however. Visit the site to see if you meet the requirements, or to fill out the tax credit form.

And in 2017, the mayor of Candela, Italy began offering up to 2,000 euros (about $2,350), CNN Travel reported, to lure people back to the picturesque Medieval village that has seen its population drop from more than 8,000 residents in the 1990s to just 2,700.

Interested newcomers must live inside Candela, rent a house and have a job paying a salary of at least 7,500 euros ($8,800) per year to be approved for the generous offer.

Singles will receive 800 ($940) euros from the town coffers, couples will get 1,200 euros ($1,400), three-member families will get 1,500 to 1,800 euros ($1,760-$2,100), and families of four to five people will get more than 2,000 euros ($2,350). Candela may also give tax credits on city waste disposal, bills and nurseries in the future.

The town has yet to respond to MarketWatch requests for comment about the application process. If Americans do want to move to Italy, however, they have to apply for a visa; visit the Department of State’s website for more details.

But you don’t have to cross an ocean to find a city willing to pay you a premium to live there. These U.S. and Canadian cities — and even the entire state of Alaska — are pulling out the stops to pay you to stay.

New Haven, Connecticut

The New England city’s Re:New Haven initiative offers up to $80,000 in incentives for new homeowners, including $10,000 interest-free to use as a down payment on a new home, or to cover your closing costs on a house. It’s also offering up to $30,000 toward home renovations and energy-saving upgrades, and $40,000 for college tuition.

Plus, city employees, teachers, firefighters, police officers and military members get an extra $2,500 on top of that. And once you’re settled in, the city also guarantees free in-state college tuition to students graduating from New Haven public schools.

Your income can’t exceed 120% of the city’s median family income, but they’ve got a calculator to figure out where you stand.

Baltimore, Maryland

Buying into Baltimore gives 30 potential residents $5,000 toward buying a new house in the city through a lottery twice a year at its spring/summer and fall/winter events.

The mortgage can’t be greater than $517,000, however, and you’ve got to close on that house within 60 days of being selected in the drawing.

Or its Vacants to Value program offers $10,000 to purchase a distressed, vacant property and redevelop it, which helps to combat neighborhood blight.


Our northernmost state has been sharing the wealth from its oil money since 1976, when the Permanent Fund Dividend was established to divide 25% of its oil revenues each year among its permanent residents.

You must live in Alaska for at least a year, be present in the state for at least 190 days in a calendar year, and not be a convicted felon in order to get your cut, which averages around $1,200 a head, but has been as high as $3,269 in 2008.

Kansas and Nebraska

If you’re prepared to build a house from scratch on the Great Plains, a few Kansas and Nebraska towns are offering free tracts of land.

Lincoln, Kansas’s Free Lot Plan includes lot sizes of between 12,000 to 36,000 square feet within walking distance of the community’s business district.

Curtis, Nebraska also offers free lots to be built on (pending application and permit approval) in a community that already has paved roads and utilities ready. And Harmony, Nebraska offers cash rebates of $5,000 to $12,000 for those building new homes in the city.

And if you are game to leave the States:

Saskatchewan, Canada

The Graduate Retention Program doles out up to $20,000 CAD (about $15,956 USD) to graduates living in Saskatchewan to cover their tuition fees, which comes in the form of tax credit paid out over seven years — if you file your taxes in Saskatchewan. You also have to have graduated from an approved post-secondary school in Canada.


Start-up Chile wants to turn the nation into South America’s business center, so it will pay about $45,000 and give you a one-year working visa to launch your business there. It’s also sharing local mentors and business contacts to help get you started, as well as $100,000 in perks, including $500 off United flights, or a $10,000 Amazon Web Services credit.

Andrew Keshner contributed to this report. This article was updated on December 13, 2019.


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