On October 21, 2016, NJDEP declared a Drought Warning for 14 Counties, including Morris County, due to ongoing precipitation deficits and deteriorating water-supply conditions, particularly storage levels in reservoirs. The Drought Warning press release is accessible via the following link: http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2016/16_0102.htm.
Mandatory restrictions imposed by the State of New Jersey are not currently in effect.
The DEP offers the following tips to reduce water use:
- At this time of year, it is appropriate to let your lawns go dormant.
- Turn sprinkler systems off automatic timers.
- Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs, or let them go dormant.
- Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk, rather than a hose.
- Wash vehicles with a bucket and do not run the hose more than necessary, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- To save water at home, fix leaky faucets and pipes. Consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow version; this can save around 11,000 gallons per year.
- Upgrade your showerhead to low-flow versions, which can save some 7,700 gallons per year.
- Upgrade your faucets or install faucet aerators; this can save some 16,000 gallons per year.
For more state water supply status information and to view the Administrative Order, visit: www.njdrought.org
For more detailed information on water conservation technologies and interesting facts, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/conserve.htm