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Utility company asks residents of two New Jersey counties to limit outdoor watering
Utility company asks residents of two New Jersey counties to limit outdoor watering

💦 There are no water restrictions in NJ during this heatwave

💦 But a utility company is asking residents in two New Jersey counties to limit water usage

💦 How to save water and money


The first weekend of summer in New Jersey will be a hot weekend as the early summer heat wave continues.

“As heat and humidity increase again as we head into the weekend, we are now exceeding typical summer heat and approaching the danger zone,” said Dan Zarrow, chief meteorologist for New Jersey 101.5.

Evgeniya Sheydt

Evgeniya Sheydt

Inland, highs will rise well above 30 degrees, humidity will rise and the heat index will flirt with the 38-degree mark over the next three days, Zarrow said.

Are there any water restrictions in New Jersey given the extreme heat? Not really.
Residents can still water their lawns, wash their cars, and run sprinklers. Although most of New Jersey is not considered abnormally dry, no water restrictions have been put in place for now. But there could be some in the future if things don’t change.

New Jersey American Water (Google Street View)

New Jersey American Water (Google Street View)

Still, New Jersey American Water is asking its customers in Monmouth and Ocean counties to limit their water usage to avoid potentially tighter restrictions while saving money on their water bill.

“During a heat wave, household water use typically increases, but we are now asking our customers to voluntarily limit outdoor watering,” said Lindsey Olson, senior operations manager at New Jersey American Water.

The guidelines for preserving nature in the open air

⚫Water early or late in the day to minimize evaporation

⚫In general, lawns only need 1 inch of water per week, most of which comes from rainfall and dew or from watering no more than twice a week.

⚫Increase the height of your lawn mower blade to avoid lawn burnout and the need for watering

⚫Avoid adding new plants or lawns to your landscape during this time of extremely hot and dry weather

Gardening

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In addition to a heat warning for most of inland New Jersey, an orange air quality warning is also in effect. This type of hot weather causes elevated levels of ground-level ozone, causing breathing problems in the very young and very old, as well as those with existing heart or lung problems.

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