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Questions about the drought?

Visit NJDEP Drought to get up to date information and press releases! Together we can make a difference!


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ATTENTION: On January 9th, the Senate Environment Committee will be voting on a resolution that will encourage the NJDEP to "review and update" the Statewide Water Supply Plan and also urge consumers to comply with conservation of water techniques. (shown at the bottom of the webpage)

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and can be live streamed via the following link:

Live Audio Testimony

If you would like a written copy of the Resolution, it can be seen via the following link:

Written Resolution Document


What is a drought?                     

drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, resulting in prolonged shortages in its water supply, whether atmospheric, surface water or ground water. 


How do I know that a water restriction has been implemented?

The State of New Jersey may only impose mandatory restrictions following a water emergency declaration by the governor. Restrictions are imposed through an Administrative Order signed by the DEP commissioner. When this happens, many agencies of the State coordinate to alert affected municipal/county governments, State and local police, and emergency management officials. Press releases are issued so that the media can inform the public as quickly as possible.

The State generally addresses statewide or regional water-supply conditions. Local conditions, such as water supply infrastructure constraints, water allocation limits, and/or excessive local use, may induce a municipality or water purveyor to impose local water-use restrictions. In these cases, the local municipality or water purveyor should provide related information to affected users. Several New Jersey municipalities and counties have imposed their own water use restrictions, either on a seasonal or emergency basis, and you must follow them.  In the event the State does impose restrictions, you must follow whichever restrictions are considered more stringent. 

What can I do to help conserve water? 

NJDEP Conservation Page

Follow these QUICK TIPS to Reduce Water Waste:

1. Water lawns (and outdoor plants) less frequently (2-3 times per week) for no more than 30 minutes. This allows the soil to absorb the water and enables roots to grow more deeply, which encourages drought tolerance;
2. Never water during the heat of the day, as this promotes evaporation and leads to water waste;
3. Sprinkler systems should be set to water after sunset or before dawn, and by law should be equipped with an automated shut-off switch that disables the system following rainfall.
4. Install water-saving shower heads and faucet aerators in the bathroom and kitchen (available at most home improvement stores and some supermarkets);
5. Do not let faucets run when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes;
6. Run washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full, or select the properly sized wash cycle for the current laundry load;
7. Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk, rather than a hose;
8. Use mulch and native plants to conserve water in the garden;
9. Use a rain barrel to capture water from a downspout to use later for watering gardens and plants;
10. Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water trees, gardens, and flower beds









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