Heat wave forces several NJ counties to cut water usage

Watch you out there in that heat, South Jersey. MAN, it’s been scorching after scorching the last few days.

While temperatures across the Garden State remained in the mid-90s, the heat index would have left it looking like around 105 degrees outside. Let’s put that aside now – don’t keep your pets outside too long. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pets.

It’s also too hot to use a lot of water right now. At least, that’s what several New Jersey counties said when they restricted residents’ water use. Most upstate counties are currently under some sort of water restriction and now Ocean County has followed suit.

Does this mean South Jersey counties could be next?

Atlantic County reports directly to Ocean County, so while parts of Ocean County now have an alternate watering schedule, Atlantic County may not be too far behind. But, what should the county expect if the water restrictions materialize here in South Jersey?

Most likely, southern counties will be polled the same way as northern ones. Atlantic, Cape May, and possibly even Cumberland County will be asked to set up an alternate watering schedule that would coincide with residential house numbers. For example, if your house number is even, you water your garden or lawn on even days of the month. If your house number is odd, you water your lawn on odd calendar dates.

Nothing official has yet been requested from southern NJ counties, but it could definitely happen if this heat continues. The hotter and drier it is, the greater the demand for water. Just be ready.

Source: NJ.com

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