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Water Restrictions Remain in Place; Odd-Even Watering to Come Next

Excessive heat and increased demand keep restrictions imposed on New Jersey American Water customers in place.

The combination of the recent excessive heat and higher system demands -- despite restrictions in place -- has forced New Jersey American Water to stick with

According to a release from the water company on Saturday: "In conjunction with NJDEP, we will continue to monitor the system production and key indicators throughout the day to ensure that an will not jeopardize the outstanding progress we have made with the restoration efforts. But because of the excessive heat and higher system demands, we cannot make a change at this time."

A 24-inch main service line to Middletown, which was recently installed and put into service, needs to be monitored for 24 hours before restrictions can be lifted, according to the update.

When restrictions are lifted, NJAW customers can expect to be put on an odd-even watering schedule.

"Because permanent repairs will take some time to complete, we will not be able to go beyond an odd-even watering schedule for the foreseeable future," the update states.

Jane July 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Am I missing something? My neighbor's been watering her lawn for the last 2 days! All my plants & vegetables are near death. Help! Can I water or not???
bill wolfe July 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Here are questions that must be posed to NJ DEP: 1) Why is DEP behind the curve and not taking the lead? 2) Why is DEP deferring to a private water company to fulfill its legal responsibilities under the NJ Water Supply Management Act? 3) Why aren't water conservation and non-essential use restrictions imposed by NJ DEP and able to be enforced? 4) Where is the DEP Statewide Water Supply Plan Update? 5) Why are DEP drought status "normal" - see coastal north region drought indicators: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/drought/status.html#coastalnorth
bill wolfe July 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
oops - forgot to add: Has DEP taken enfacement action and imposed corrective action requirements on NJ American for negligence and failure to maintain infrastructure, which caused the emergency?
Tom Wood July 08, 2012 at 05:38 PM
See my posted photos (above) of Town Hall running their sprinklers on Saturday. Does anybody know if they have a well? If not, seems like they're violating the water restriction...
Fred M July 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Tom a good indication on well water would be rusty,iron stains on the walkways, curbs etc
Fred M July 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
You need to call Police and let them enforce
jay July 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
according to nj.com they are saying odd/even watering has begun starting today but only hand watering no sprinklersAmerican Water customers with odd-numbered street addresses may use garden hoses between 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on odd-numbered days. Those living at homes with even-numbered addresses can use hoses during those times on even-numbered days.
Fred M July 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I am sure those people that refused to turn off their Sprinklers will abide by the odd even days
Fred M July 08, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I need to find out how some of the lawns I see are beautiful Green...How do they do it? What is the secrete?
Nick J. July 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Tom, very good detective work....kudos to you. As you note, they may have a well, but as noted in the article, the restriction is for NJ American Water customers. It is possible that town hall is served by Shorelands Water.....which I do not believe is under any restrictions at the moment. I am a customer of Shorelands and I know our restrictions were lifted a week or so ago.
ASimon July 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Even if they use another water company or well water, should they not set an example of "good citizenship" and shut off their sprinklers since they are threatening to come down hard on us little folk? That part about good citizenship from the township was a joke folks, so settle down.
ASimon July 09, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Fred M- those green lawns you see around town are bestowed on certain homeowners by the little water fairy that visits them in the middle of the night.
ConfusedGirl July 09, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Lol that is so funny, but seriously how are they so green and pretty? Is it fake grass?
bill wolfe July 09, 2012 at 01:09 PM
We are all in this together - it should be shared sacrifice in the public interest. That's why water is a "public utility". That's why DEP must be the public institution to issue and enforce the restrictions - NOT a private water company. What's next, private fire Department's? I recall a story where a private fire Department responded to a house fire - the house on fire was not a fee paying customer. The firemen watched it burn down, while sprig down the neighbor's home to prevent spread. Is that where we're heading? Gated communities, now with private water?
Alex Benson July 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Alex "outstanding progess"..are you joking? Would not want these troops in my fox hole. planning an attack! Only 8 months late with an action plan when they knew the enemy was out there! Great thinking!

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