Outdoor water use restrictions modified

Alternate day watering with handheld garden hoses OK between 5am-9am and 5pm-9pm

New Jersey American Water Company has modified the restrictions on outdoor water usage for its Monmouth County customers.

From the company’s announcement:

Customers may now use handheld garden hoses for outdoor purposes, every other day, between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. With very limited exceptions, lawn sprinkler irrigation system use is still banned. Even with the easing of the ban’s restrictions, New Jersey American Water is strongly advising its Monmouth County customers to continue conserving water both inside and out. If strict conservation measures are not followed then it may be necessary to reinstitute a stringent outdoor water ban.

The odd/even schedule is effective beginning today and entails:

  • Handheld garden hose outdoor water use between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  on odd-numbered days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Handheld garden hose outdoor water use between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  on even-numbered days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)

Exceptions are:

  • Watering of new sod or seed if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, athletic fields, and car washes

As the system continues to stabilize, customers may experience discolored water. New Jersey American Water recommends running the water until clear. However, the discolored water could be used for the watering of shrubs and garden plants.


Posted: July 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey American Water, NJAWC | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Outdoor water use restrictions modified”

  1. Freespeaker1976 said at 8:13 pm on July 8th, 2012:

    NJAWC needs to put out better information on this. In our neighborhood, a street over TWO households are already using lawn sprinklers connected to a hose to water the lawn; and yes…you guessed it…

    One on the even side of the street and one on the odd side of the street. At one of the houses, half the water is ending up IN the street.

  2. Tom Stokes said at 8:58 pm on July 8th, 2012:

    What about seniors or disabled property owners who can’t stand for four hours with a hand held hose?

    I already see a portable sprinkler being used in my area (correct even number).

  3. Freespeaker1976 said at 10:21 pm on July 8th, 2012:

    If we need to go alternate days, fine. If they need to take more of a load off, let us with sprinklers run them during the night time hours when there is no load.

    Enough with the BS

  4. Middletowner said at 12:30 pm on July 9th, 2012:

    Around my neighborhood, since the water emergency has started, I see someone washing their car or boat every day, and sprinklers run all the time. Guess not too many MMM readers around.