DEP COMMISSIONER TIGHTENS
OUTDOOR WATER USE STATEWIDE
Extremely Dry Conditions Persist
Trenton, NJ---Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley
M. Campbell today announced a statewide ban on outdoor water use including lawn
watering and washing of vehicles at residences, effective immediately. Limited
outdoor water use is allowed for watering of trees, plant beddings and newly laid
sod associated with new construction.
is shaping up as the driest August on record, making eight of the last twelve
months the dries t ever recorded in New Jersey history," said Bradley Campbell.
"The new restrictions outlined today emphasize the urgency to cut back on
water use to ensure we have the water supplies necessary to last throughout the
remaining summer months. With current water demand at its highest peak and water
supplies declining every day, we have to act immediately and aggressively."
new restrictions are not limited to water use around the home. They also require
all non-agricultural commercial water systems using more than 100,000 gallons
per day to submit to the department no later than September 10, 2002 their previously
required water use reduction contingency plans for 10 to 50 percent reductions.
addition, by September 30, the water suppliers must outline and submit to the
department any adverse economic impacts resulting from the implementation of a
20 percent water use reduction.
These precautionary measures
allow the department to evaluate the plans in order to make a sound judgement
in case the reduction plans need to be implemented in the future.
Friday, Campbell re-issued a letter to local enforcement authorities emphasizing
the drought emergency status and the importance to enforce the drought restrictions.
Penalties may include fines of $1,000 or imprisonment.
indicators are showing very low stream-flows, groundwater levels dropping everywhere
and a steady decline in reservoir levels," Campbell added. "Extraordinary
events call for extraordinary actions. I want New Jersey residents and businesses
to understand that we are taking these measures to get a handle on water management
for future months."
Watering of vegetation other than
lawns will continue on an odd-even basis with some exceptions. In all instances
the amount of water used should be the minimum amount necessary. Serving of water
in restaurants, unless requested, continues to be prohibited.
commercial car washing businesses that use recycled water can be used for washing
vehicles. Power washing of homes or other buildings is prohibited unless it is
performed by a commercial power washing business with some exceptions.
courses cannot exceed 80 percent of the permissible monthly water use under their
water allocation permit or 80 percent of the monthly water contracted from a purveyor.
The industry must also continue to water according to Best Management Practices
for Golf Courses.
Outdoor use of water for ornamental or
aesthetic purposes, including fountains, waterfalls and reflecting pools continues
to be prohibited.
On August 8, Campbell banned all open
burning with the exception of barbecues and permits authorized for religious ceremonies.
Today's order also allows open burning to safely dispose of explosives.
view a copy of the Administrative Order issued today, contact the department's
web site at www.njdrought.org. If you
have questions about the restrictions, call 1-800-448-7379.