New Jersey American Water customers in Monmouth County are now free to water their lawns any time of day, although residents are still restricted to an odd/even schedule.
The utility lifted restrictions today that had been in place since July 12 limiting outdoor water usage to 5 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
Demands on New Jersey American Water's system have stabilized, utility officials said, although they warned that significant increases in water demand could spark stricter guidelines.
"A time of day approach was used to allow time for the system to recover between the established demand periods," said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations. “Our time of day usage monitoring over the past two weeks indicates that demands have stabilized. We thank our customers for their cooperation and assisting us in managing the water resources in Monmouth County.”
Homeowners whose address is an odd number (i.e. 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.) may water their lawns any time of day on odd-numbered days of the month. Residents whose address is an even number (i.e. 6 Oak St., 12 Maple Ave.) may water on even-numbered days of the month.
Outdoor water restrictions were imposed on NJAW customers when a bridge holding three pipes at the company’s Swimming River Water Treatment Plant .