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Summer water restrictions about to begin for parts of New Jersey

Posted at 12:48 PM, May 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-29 12:50:39-04

NEW JERSEY — Water restrictions go into effect next week in New Jersey where a lack of rain has created a “worrisome” situations as summer approaches.

The restrictions run from June 1 to Aug. 31 and apply to Glen Rock, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Wyckoff, according to Ridgewood Water.

During that time, residents living in odd-numbered addresses will be allowed to use sprinkler systems only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those in even-numbered addresses can use their sprinklers on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There is no ban on hand-held hoses.

Officials said following the first-stage restrictions will “reduce the likelihood that more severe controls will needed.” If it’s necessary, the ban may be expanded to prohibit sprinkler use on additional days or entirely.

State climatologist David Robinson told the Asbury Park Press there aren’t signs of a serious drought. But the state is in a “worrisome” situation as summer approaches.

Robinson said temperatures are projected to be above average through June. Without more precipitation, that could increase deficits in soil moisture, streamflow, groundwater and reservoir storage.

The dryness has led to a greater risk of wildfires.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.