New Jersey American Water Eases Hours for Odd/Even Outdoor Watering
July 27, 2012 at 08:21 AM EDT
New Jersey American Water customers in Monmouth County remain under a schedule of odd/even outdoor watering, however the company today lifted the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. time frame when outdoor watering was permitted. While customers are no longer restricted to watering within those set hours, the company advises customers to conserve water inside and outside of their homes, and to use water wisely. Significant increases in water demand could result in the reimplementation of stricter water use guidelines.
“Odd/Even watering has been used over the past few years in our Monmouth system and this is not unusual for systems that experience high seasonal demands related to lawn irrigation,” said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water. “To simplify this for our customers we are removing the additional time of day requirement. A time of day approach was used to allow time for the system to recover between the established demand periods.
“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.”
The odd/even watering schedule entails:
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.