The New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection has ordered a statewide drought watch. The watch is intended to increase public awareness and appreciation of the stress upon water supply sources and encourage voluntary water conservation measures. If conditions do not improve, mandatory water use restrictions may become necessary.
The public can make a big difference by reducing watering of lawns and landscaping, reducing the washing of vehicles, and cutting back nonessential uses such as hosing off driveways and sidewalks. Residents and businesses can also practice many conservation measures to reduce indoor water use. For more water conservation tips, visit https://dep.nj.gov/conserve-water/