Heat Wave Driving High Water Demands in Monmouth County

MIDDLETOWN. NJ - As a stretch of hot, dry weather makes its way to the East Coast, New Jersey American Water is reminding its Monmouth County customers to use water wisely, curtail water use, and limit lawn watering to an “odd/even” schedule at most as the company deals with significantly high water demands.

New Jersey American Water has – since the beginning of the summer season – requested that customers use a schedule of an odd/even outdoor watering and not water lawns daily.

“In the next several days, the temperatures and heat index are expected to reach extremely high levels and there appears to be little chance of sustained rainfall,” said Steve Tambini, New Jersey American Water’s vice president of operations. “During extended periods of hot and dry weather such as this, water use increases significantly, especially outdoors.  In order to ensure that New Jersey American Water is able to continue to deliver reliable water service, we are requesting that customers use water wisely both inside and outside the home.”

The suggested odd/even outdoor water use schedule works as follows:

  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on odd days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on even days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
  • It is also suggested that watering of lawns be done early or late to minimize evaporation, typically between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The above suggestions would NOT apply to:

  • Watering of sod or newly seeded lawns if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for lawn irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, and commercial car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields

While New Jersey American Water is encouraging efficient outdoor water use at this time, if water demands continue to significantly increase or supplies continue to significantly decrease, formal and more strict water restrictions may be needed to ensure continued water service.

For more information and more tips on how to conserve water, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com. Follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njamwater.

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