Bergen County Imposes Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions

15 08 2010

Hackensack-Bergen County has imposed mandatory restrictions on lawn watering at the request of the area’s major water supplier.

Under an executive order issued today by Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney, county residents served by United Water New Jersey may water their lawns only every other day and only during certain hours.

Last week, citing “serious drops” in reservoir levels, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch for five northern New Jersey counties, including Bergen. The other counties included in the drought watch are Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic.

Residents and businesses in those four counties are asked to voluntarily conserve water as the hot and dry conditions continue.

The DEP said unusually hot and dry conditions this summer have greatly increased demand for water, raising concerns about reservoir levels. McNerney urged Bergen residents to conserve and said municipal water utilities could impose more stringent restrictions if needed.

(News Source NJ .com)

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