Water Restrictions Remain in Place; Odd-Even Watering to Come Next
Excessive heat and increased demand keep restrictions imposed on New Jersey American Water customers in place.
The combination of the recent excessive heat and higher system demands -- despite restrictions in place -- has forced New Jersey American Water to stick with limiting outdoor water use for its customers.
According to a release from the water company on Saturday: "In conjunction with NJDEP, we will continue to monitor the system production and key indicators throughout the day to ensure that an incremental approach to lifting restrictions will not jeopardize the outstanding progress we have made with the restoration efforts. But because of the excessive heat and higher system demands, we cannot make a change at this time."
A 24-inch main service line to Middletown, which was recently installed and put into service, needs to be monitored for 24 hours before restrictions can be lifted, according to the update.
When restrictions are lifted, NJAW customers can expect to be put on an odd-even watering schedule.
"Because permanent repairs will take some time to complete, we will not be able to go beyond an odd-even watering schedule for the foreseeable future," the update states.