NJ Water Utility Requests Odd/Even Lawn Watering at Shore

New Jersey American Water is urging Jersey Shore area customers to save now and avoid strict water use restrictions later if dry weather continues.

With a dry weather model installed statewide, New Jersey American Water is asking customers in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to voluntarily monitor their water usage.

“Due to the increased population of this area during the summer months, New Jersey American Water is urging customers to begin using an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering to potentially avoid further summer restrictions. stringent rules when it comes to water use,” Carmen Tierno, senior director of operations at New Jersey American Water said in a statement.

A section of North Jersey and Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties are classified as “abnormally dry”, according to the US Drought Monitor.

State climatologist Dave Robinson said “The National Drought Monitor considers most of North Jersey to be abnormally dry and the extreme south of Jersey, focusing on Cumberland County, also in abnormally dry conditions. “.

Normally during the summer because it’s so hot “you have a moisture deficit even though you see the rain, and here we don’t see the rain, we see the sun and the moisture is just sucked up from the ground” , Robinson said.

US Drought Watch 7/14/22

US Drought Watch 7/14/22 (NOAA)

When will it rain?

New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow sees no significant rain for New Jersey until Monday.

“Long-range models are still showing a warm second half of July overall. Two or three weeks of high humidity and mostly 90s? Sounds like ‘dog days of summer’ to me,” said Zarrow.

New Jersey American Water said odd/even watering now will help it manage a “limited water supply” and enable lawn and garden maintenance.

The even/odd guidelines are:

        • Outdoor water use on odd days of the month if your civic address is an odd number (eg, 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
        • Outdoor water use on even days of the month if your civic address is an even number (eg, 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
        • Water early or late in the day to minimize evaporation

Exceptions are:

        • Watering of new turf or seed if daily watering is required (Note: It is recommended to delay until fall any planting of new turf or seed that has not already taken place )
        • Use of private wells for irrigation
        • Commercial outdoor water uses, such as nurseries, farms, pressure washing, plumbing, sports fields, and car washes
        • Irrigation of sports fields

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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