Outdoor water ban lifted for some; conservation urged

NJAW customers still under strict non-watering mandate

TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, in consultation with New Jersey American Water (NJAW), lifted the outdoor watering ban today for all non-NJAW customers.

However, the mandatory outdoor watering ban remains in effect for all NJAW customers in order to maintain water pressure and supply throughout the lines as repairs continue.

“Even though the ban has been lifted for many residents, public safety officials urge everyone to continue conserving water,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “We look forward to further progress in the days ahead.”

The state of emergency remains in effect for all NJAW customers. The ongoing water emergency means that:

  • Customers of New Jersey American Water are under a mandatory water restriction that bans all outdoor water use and encourages indoor water conservation. It is illegal for NJAW customer to water lawns, shrubs or gardens, fill swimming pools and wash cars;
  • All restrictions for non-NJAW customers have been lifted, although conservation is urged.
  • New sod or newly seeded lawns and planted shrubs can be watered to an appropriate level;
  • Indoor conservation measures include refraining from using washing machines and dishwashers, limiting showering times and flushing toilets less frequently; and
  • Commercial businesses that rely on water for their operations are not subject to these restrictions.

Because a state of emergency still exists, law enforcement will continue to enforce the ban for NJAW customers.

“Monmouth County residents should be commended for their cooperation and support during this critical time,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “Their efforts helped improve the situation enough to remove some of the bans that had been put in place.”   

The emergency was created by the collapse of three large water pipes June 29 at the water company’s water treatment plant at Swimming River Reservoir.

Posted: July 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth OEM, New Jersey American Water, NJAWC, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Outdoor water ban lifted for some; conservation urged”

  1. Bob English said at 12:01 am on July 6th, 2012:

    Drove by where the break was today. That is quite a temp fix they put together. Did not look like they were doing much with the part that collapsed though

  2. Freespeaker1976 said at 4:06 pm on July 6th, 2012:

    Driving by there myself today, I wonder what the hold up is to us getting the outdoor water restrictions lifted. Plants and lawns are dying in this heat, items “we (collectively)” all spent a lot of money on this year.

    There looks to be a temporary 36 inch main and two 12″ mains, such as what existed before the collapse.

    As well, looking at the scope of the work, I hope to hell that they don’t stick us with the repairs via a rate increase. They knew this was coming. They could have prevented it. 🙁

  3. TR said at 8:06 pm on July 6th, 2012:

    I think we need to protest the incompetance of the water company we should all turn on our sprinklers at 3pm tommorrow for 5 minutes.

  4. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah Said NJAWC said at 8:18 pm on July 6th, 2012:

    NJ American Water Company last statement today
    Courtesy, Blog Finger

    July 6, 2012: “The Monmouth County ban on outdoor use is still in effect for New Jersey American Water customers. Work continues around the clock to repair your water system and we hope to have this completed in the next couple of days. Until further notice, it is critical that you conserve water and adhere to the county’s ban on outdoor water use.”


  5. Sancho Panza said at 9:04 pm on July 6th, 2012:

    Nobody has come forth to say why the entire county was banned for outdoor water. And it is growing more likely that no one every will. Sweeping such laziness/incompetence under the rug will most certainly result in much graver problems with mass disasters and emergencies in the future.

  6. Barry said at 10:00 am on July 7th, 2012:

    My wife called Gordons Corner Water and was told there was no ban on outdoor watering, just keep to odd even day watering schedule.