VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Given the current series of hot dry days the region is experiencing, New Jersey American Water is asking that customers in its Monmouth and Ocean County service areas take additional steps to conserve water, and at the same time save some money on their water bills.
“In addition to the voluntary odd/even schedule for outdoor irrigation that is currently in place, we strongly encourage our customers to consider conservation when turning on the tap, faucet or hoses as our region undergoes this latest round of hot dry weather,” said Kevin Keane, senior director of Coastal operations, New Jersey American Water. “We hope that our Coastal area customers will voluntarily adopt conservation practices now to help prevent mandatory conservation in the future if the extreme hot, dry weather continues.”
The request for conservation is specifically for New Jersey American Water customers in the following municipalities:
In Monmouth County: Aberdeen Township, Allenhurst Borough, Asbury Park City, Bradley Beach Borough, Colts Neck Township, Deal Borough, Eatontown Borough, Fair Haven Borough, Freehold Township, Highlands Borough, Hazlet Township, Holmdel Township, Howell Township, Interlaken Borough, Little Silver Borough, Loch Arbor Village, Long Branch City, Middletown Township, Monmouth Beach Borough, Neptune City Borough, Neptune Township (including Ocean Grove), Ocean Township, Oceanport Borough, Red Bank Borough, Rumson Borough, Sea Bright Borough, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls Borough, Union Beach Borough, West Long Branch Borough,
In Ocean County: Bay Head Borough, Brick Township, Dover Township, Lakewood Township, Lavallette Borough, and Mantoloking Borough.
Here are a few easy tips to save water and money:
- Follow the voluntary odd/even watering schedule for irrigation, watering only on days that match your street address number.
- Water early or late in the day to minimize evaporation. The best times for this are typically between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought-tolerant.
- Use drip irrigation hoses to water plants, and water in the early morning or evening.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway, or patio.
- Avoid washing your car, topping off water fountains or pools, and any other non-essential outdoor water uses.
- Collect the cold water that you run in the shower or bathtub until it’s warm enough for bathing. This water can be used to water indoor and outdoor plants.
- Only run full loads of dishes in the dishwasher and laundry in the washing machine.
- Fill up a bowl of sudsy water for hand washing dishes instead of letting the sink run.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- If your water meter is located in your house, check the meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you may have an internal leak.
- More water conservation tips are available at the New Jersey American Water website at www.newjerseyamwater.com under Water Information.
“This will help us manage a finite supply of water. With some minor changes, customers can be a part of our commitment to conserving our most precious resource, because every drop counts,” said Kevin Keane, senior director of Coastal Operations.
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people. More information can be found at www.newjerseyamwater.com. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.