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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/30/02
02/31

Contact: Elaine Makatura
609-292-9289

DEP COMMISSIONER BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL OUTLINES DETAILS FOR LIMITED LAWN WATERING

(02/31) Trenton--As announced at the first drought public informational meeting in Atlantic County on April 18, 2002, adjustments have been made to the current lawn watering restrictions in New Jersey. The provisions as outlined in the attached Administrative Order No. 2002-15 take effect immediately, for a trial period, in order to track and ensure sufficient water levels are maintained in surface and ground water supplies. If the adjustments negatively impact water supplies, these additional lawn-watering measures will be discontinued no later than June 28, 2002.

Despite coordinated water management measures, transfers of water, reductions in flows, and voluntary water conservation, New Jersey continues to suffer serious water shortfalls due to the lack of consistent, steady rainfall. Although rainfall in April was close to normal and helped to raise reservoir levels, the state remains in a drought emergency. However, restrictions on outdoor water use have had unintended impacts on certain business sectors requiring additional adjustments.

The second drought public informational meeting is scheduled for May 9, Liberty State Park in Jersey City and will address impacts in the northeast region - the hardest hit region in the state.

The new provisions in the attached Order can also be obtained from the DEP's web page at www.njdrought.org or call the drought hotline at 1-800-448-7370.

 

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