Bradley M. Campbell, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection (Department), pursuant to the authority
vested in me by Executive
Order No. 11, issued by Governor James E. McGreevey on March
4, 2002, the Water Supply Management Act, N.J.S.A. 58:1A-1 et
seq., and its implementing rules, N.J.A.C. 7:19, previously
issued Administrative Order Nos. 2002-05
and 2002-07, imposing
Phase I - Mandatory Water Use Restrictions. This Administrative
Order is intended to supplement Administrative Orders No. 2002-05
and 2002-07. Administrative
Order No. 2002-05
and 2002-07 shall
remain in effect.
Order 2002-05 on March 11, 2002, the Department began the
process of implementing Executive Order No. 11, with an initial
set of conservative water use restrictions and other provisions
intended to reduce water use while minimizing disproportionate
burdens on specific sectors of the economy. Additions and revisions
to the initial set of restrictions were implemented with the
issuance of Administrative
Order 2002-07 on March 15, 2002. Additional actions are
necessary at this time in order to increase the transfer of
water from the Central Drought Region to the Northeast Drought
Region, and thus to reduce demands upon water sources and reservoir
storage in the Northeast Drought Region.
based upon the powers of the Commissioner during a water emergency,
set forth in the Water Supply Allocation Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:19-10.2,
I undertake the following actions in order to preserve water
storage and to otherwise help alleviate the severity of the
Section III. General Provisions Applicable Statewide
The provisions included in Section III of Administrative
Order No. 2002-05, as amended and supplemented by
Order No. 2002-07, are hereby further supplemented
- The New Jersey American Water Company, in the Northeast
Drought Region, shall immediately increase the amount
of water accepted from the Elizabethtown Water Company,
in the Central Drought Region, to the maximum amount
- In order to maximize the transfer of water into
the Northeast Drought Region through the Virginia
Street interconnection, the Newark Department of Water
and Sewer Utilities, the North Jersey District Water
Supply Commission, and the Elizabethtown Water Company
shall together develop a plan for modifying the water
supply infrastructure associated with the Belleville
reservoir site as necessary to increase the transfer
of water through the site and into the Northeast Drought
Region to the maximum amount practically possible.
The plan shall specifically address all precautions
necessary to protect existing water supply infrastructure.
A draft of the plan shall be submitted to the Department
by April 26, 2002. The final plan shall be submitted
by May 10, 2002.
- By June 1, 2002, each water company will provide
the following information to the Drought Coordinator:
- The difference between the amount of
water that leaves the water company system and
the amount for which the water company bills (amount
of unaccounted-for-water), expressed as a total
amount and as a percentage of the company's total
water output. This should cover the current water
- A discussion of short term measures
that are underway or could be initiated to reduce
the amount of unaccounted-for-water.
- A plan of action containing long term
measures to reduce the amount of unaccounted-for-water.
This Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain
in effect until superseded or terminated by my action
or by action of the Governor of the State of New Jersey.
All previous Orders issued by me shall remain in effect,
except to the extent that they conflict with this Order.
April 9, 2002