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New Jersey residents and businesses are being asked by the Murphy Administration to conserve water as of today (July 26). As we all know, the sate has been experiencing a persistent period of hot and dry weather.

Although the weather conditions have not significantly impacted the state as of yet, it is important that residents and businesses start to take proactive steps to help moderate their use of water.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been closely monitoring the drier than usual conditions this summer and want to help ensure that there are ample supplies throughout the summer.

“Now is the time for New Jersey to be especially mindful of water usage and proactively moderate our consumption,” said Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette in a press release. “Although our reservoirs and other indicators are healthy, persistent hot and dry weather coupled with the high water demands of summer can quickly impact water supply. Simple steps, like reducing lawn and landscape watering, go a long way in preserving our water supplies and avoiding the necessity of significant restrictive measures.”

Scroll below to see the 10 simple steps you can take to save water this summer or visit www.njdrought.org for the most up-to-date information.

  • 1.

    Water your landscaping with water harvested in a rain barrel connected to a downspout.

  • 2.

    Use 30-50% less water with drip irrigation and micro-sprays compared to sprinklers.

  • 3.

    Only water when needed, in NJ most landscapes need only 1 inch of water per week.

  • 4.

    Purchase a water saving filter if you are a pool owner.

  • 5.

    Cover your pool when not in use to reduce evaporation rates.

  • 6.

    Avoid recreational toys that require a constant stream of water.

  • 7.

    Raise your lawnmower blade to at least 3 inches to promote deeper grass roots which holds water better.

  • 8.

    Use water from dehumidifiers and air conditioners to water your plants.

  • 9.

    Use native plants that need less water.

  • 10.

    Group plants together based on water needs.

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