DEP COMMISSIONER BRADLEY
CAMPBELL ISSUES DROUGHT ORDER AMENDMENT
Statewide Water Emergency Calls for Water Transfer
TRENTON 04/09 -- The Department of Environmental
Protection today issued an Administrative
Order outlining further initiatives to address the serious
drought situation throughout the state.
"At this time, additional actions
are necessary to maintain reservoir levels in the northeast,
the hardest hit drought region in New Jersey," said
Bradley M. Campbell, Commissioner. "We do need
to make sure that water companies are taking all possible
measures to address water loss."
The order requires:
- the New Jersey American Water Company
to increase (up to the maximum) the amount of water taken
from the Elizabethtown Water Company.
- the development of a plan to modify
the current water supply infrastructure associated with
the North Jersey Water Supply Commission and the Newark
Department of Water and Sewer to maximize the transfer
of water to the northeast drought region.
- by June 1, 2002, water companies
must supply to the drought coordinator the amount of unaccounted
for water with short and long term plans to reduce that