Outdoor Watering Restrictions Could be Lifted Soon for NJAW Customers

An update from the water company says it will discuss with the DEP an "incremental lift" of outdoor watering restrictions, which have been imposed on customers since last weekend.

Good news for all the browning lawns and wilting hydrangeas in certain parts of Monmouth County: The outdoor watering restrictions that have been imposed upon New Jersey American Water customers since last weekend could begin to be lifted on Saturday.

According to an update released by the water company on Friday, with production capacity restored and "transmission capacity to the Middletown zone nearing completion," officials are considering a gradual lifting of since a

The update, issued by Kevin Watsey, government affairs manager for NJAW, stated that officials "plan to discuss with NJDEP an incremental lift of water use restrictions for NJAW customers beginning on July 7."

The update also indicates that a rise in water demand from Thursday into Friday, coupled with three consecutive days of sunny skies and over 90-degree temperatures, "supports a careful and incremental approach to lifting outdoor water use restrictions for NJAWC customers.

LSNative July 07, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Rumson must have a different water company because even this morning their sprinklers are going full blast. Saw it with my own eyes on Rumson Road. I'll report addresses next.
John McC July 07, 2012 at 02:18 PM
They are passing the buck to NJDEP, another incompetent organization for dealing with crises. Middletown is somehow separate from the rest of us. Why not let the rest of us get back to normal now, increasing demand on the system gradually instead of waiting and having one big surge (remember when Clark Griswald turned on his Christmas lights in "Christmas Vacation"). Seriously, this whole fiasco could have been handled by allowing hand watering only and on "odd-even days" by house number as in previous water emergencies.
Maureen Hourigan July 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
What does the DEP have to do with it anyway? This is a private company that screwed up, has to fix it,and should take the consequences of its own inaction instead of treating customers like criminals. Negligence is on the part of the water company not the citizens. But for citizens, this a wake up call for how important self reliance is.
dakota July 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
if you have a well i dont think you could use it anyway
Maureen Hourigan July 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
There is no water shortage- the Swimming River Reservoir has been consistently the most full that I have seen it since 1970 when we moved to a neighborhood on it. In fact, I have been telling my kids for the last two-three years "this is the highest I have ever seen it in the summer, this is the highest I have ever seen in after 2 weeks with no rain", etc. If you check rainfall totals on NJ's own govt sites you will see the massive amount of rain we have had. So to act like this problem is because of this heat wave and dry spell is ridiculous- and to pit neighbors against each other would be a typical big government strategy. This would be a completely different scenario if it was a true draught and water shortage. In that case I fully believe in working together and conserving to get through the draught. Rain barrels are a good way to irrigate property and had we all been catching the rains we had in the spring we would have been in better shape.
John T July 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Its amazing that rates were raised over 30% the last two years in our bill. NJAW also made 42 million dollars last year ,profits were up 59%. Everybody should make a big stink about the main breaking and we should be compensated for our lawn and flowerbed that all went to hell. Keep calling them and write letters and also get our lawmakers involved in this. its ridiculous we alow our utilities companies take advantage of us!!
LSNative July 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Violators: *99 Rumson Road (that big Tudor) 7/7/12 @ 10:45 am *(unknown address) N/E corner Rumson Road & Hance (water is puddling in the street!) 7/7/12 1:50am Unfortunately, there isn't any penalty. Only honorable people abide by the honor system.
marylou July 07, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Those home may use well water for their sprinklers.
marylou July 07, 2012 at 06:18 PM
We had a well when I was a child,back in the 60s.Good,cold water for drinking.Fine for showering and outdoor watering.Not good for washig clothes.Rust stains.
marylou July 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
There is a penalty.$110 fine if caught usingNJAWC water to water lawns,wash cars,etc.So,these people may have been using well water or they just weren't caught.Did you report it?
dakota July 07, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Maybe you should MYOB you don't know if they use a Well or not ! What's your address so we can check you out.


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