North New Jersey Water Levels Low, Emphasis on Conservative Use

United Water New Jersey is calling on voluntary conservative water usage through this dry summer season as reservoirs are below 50% capacity. Senior Operations Director Tom Neilan stated that only 1.5″ of rain has fallen in August, making this one of the driest summer months on record for the north New Jersey area. The issue is the consecutive days of heat without rain even without blazing temperatures, causing residents to turn to the use of sprinklers to supply water. Neilan stated that lawn sprinkler system use is comparable to the amount that five homes consume in water demand. The Hackensack River and its tributaries fill the reservoirs and supply water to about 800,000 Bergen and Hudson homes and has been cooperating with the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission and the Passaic Valley Water Commission to pump supplemental water from the Wanaque Reservoir. Data shows that water demand is also at a greater level, up 400 million gallons this August over last year totaling over 3.9 billion gallons. According to their website, Ridgewood Water which serves Glen Rock, Midland Park, Ridgewood, and Wycoff has implemented a Stage 2 water restriction preventing water use on Mondays, Thursday, and Fridays to combat the potential problem. David Robinson, state climatologist and Rutgers University Professor explained that his relief through this dry spell comes from the fact that in a few weeks, summer will come to an end and cooler temperatures and precipitation should follow.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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