Customers of New Jersey American Water in Monmouth and Ocean counties should voluntarily cut back on watering their lawns and gardens this summer, the water utility said Tuesday.
The utility is asking customers to use an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering due to a planned maintenance outage at its Neptune water treatment plant and higher water demands.
How does it work? The utility said you should water outdoors on odd-numbered days of the month if your street address is an odd number, such as 23 Oak St. or 7 Maple Ave. Water your outdoor plants on even numbered days if your street address is an even number, such as 6 Oak St. or 354 Maple Ave.
Exceptions are if you have new sod or seed where daily watering is required or if you use private wells for irrigation. It’s recommended that planting new sod or seed should be delayed until the fall if you haven’t started yet.
Watering of athletic fields or commercial uses such as watering for nurseries, farm stands, power washing and car washes, also are exempt, the utility said.
“We hope that our Monmouth and Ocean County customers will voluntarily adopt odd/even watering practices as we continue through this summer,” said Carmen Tierno, senior director of operations. “Practicing odd/even watering now will help us manage a finite supply of water, yet our customers. will still be able to maintain their lawns and gardens.”
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Source: Asbury Park