Drought Warning Now in Effect – H2O Conservation Measures

Posted on November 22, 2016

State Has Issued Drought Warning

A drought warning has been issued for the following 14 counties — in which millions of New Jerseyans rely on the public water supply: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Most of these counties have been under a DEP-issued drought watch since July.   In addition, the DEP has expanded the drought watch to include Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties. All but three counties — Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland — are under a formal drought designation (warning or watch).

A drought watch seeks voluntary water conservation; the more serious drought warning enables the DEP to require water purveyors to take action to conserve and secure drinking water sources.

NJDEP Administrative Order 2016-10 Designating Drought Warning

During this period of diminished rainfall and lower reservoir storage levels, New Jersey American Water encourages its customers to use irrigation conservation measures and begin using an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering (based upon your street address digits being odd or even and matching to irrigate (only as necessary) on same off or even calendar date).

“With our customers’ cooperation in conserving water, we can continue to effectively manage our supplies to meet our customers’ needs,” said Kevin Kirwan, vice president of Operations.

New Jersey American Water will continue to provide regular updates regarding any additional conservation measures, as well as the overall supply status.

For more information, go to www.njdrought.org

Please conserve water by:

1. Turning off faucets when brushing, shaving or washing dishes,

2. Running wash and dishwatsher only when full,

3. Install water-saving showerheads and aerators,

4. Fix any leaking faucets,

5. Don’t wash your car at home,

6. Be sure to turn off automatic sprinklers for season. 

You’ll save money too!


For more water saving tips, visit: http://www.sjwatersavers.org/tips-and-resources1.html