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Drought Watch Issued - Voluntary Conservation Requested

July 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

As a result of continued dry weather, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a water supply drought watch for Northern and Central New Jersey, including the HMUA service area.

The DEP is urging residents to voluntarily conserve water.  At this time we seek voluntary cooperation to preserve existing supplies. The goal is to moderate demand should dry conditions persist.

The HMUA urges residents to be especially aware of the situation and use water more carefully, especially when it comes to lawn watering and other non-essential uses.  This is a request for voluntary conservation, and is not mandatory at this time.

 Some suggested water conservation tips include:

  • Do not over-water lawns and landscaping. Two times per week for 30 minutes in the morning or late evening typically is sufficient. Use a hose with a hand-held nozzle to water flowers and shrubs.
  • Avoid watering lawns and plants during the heat of the day, since much of this water will evaporate without helping the lawn.
  • Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk, rather than a hose.
  • To save water at home, fix leaky faucets and pipes.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving.
  • Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.

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