Drought Status

Current Status: Normal

For more information on present drought conditions go to - http://njdrought.org

You can pick up water conservation information and a free toilet leak detection tablet at the South Orange Public Library while supplies last. 65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ, 973-762-0230.

Tips to Reduce Water Waste

•      Water lawns (and outdoor plants) less frequently (2-3 times per week) for no more than 30 minutes. This allows the soil to absorb the water and enables roots to grow more deeply, which encourages drought tolerance.

•      Never water during the heat of the day, as this promotes evaporation and leads to water waste.

•      Sprinkler systems should be set to water after sunset or before dawn, and by law should be equipped with an automated shut-off switch that disables the system following rainfall.

•      Install water-saving shower-heads and faucet aerators in the bathroom and kitchen (available at most home improvement stores and some supermarkets).

•      Do not let faucets run when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes.

•      Run washing machines and dishwashers only when they are full, or select the properly sized wash cycle for the current laundry load.

•      Use a broom to sweep the sidewalk, rather than a hose.

•      Use mulch and native plants to conserve water in the garden.

•      Use a rain barrel to capture water from a downspout to use later for watering gardens and plants.

•      Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water trees, gardens and flower beds.