Category Archives: Water

Drought Conditions in New Jersey

An update from the NJDEP regarding the drought conditions in New Jersey:

A pattern of below-average precipitation that has been in place continues to constrain the drinking water supply indicators monitored by the NJDEP. The lack of rainfall coupled with high water demands continues to deplete reservoir storage, stream flows and shallow ground water levels in several regions of the state.  The Drought Watch issued on July 25, 2016, for the Central, Northeast, and Northwest regions, has been expanded to include Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem counties.

For more Information:

You can find a full map of drought conditions in the state at

Indoor Water Saving Tips for Residents [South Jersey Water Savers]

Join the SaveH2OCoalition’s efforts and sign the petition to the Governor at:

Public Hearing on NJDEP Highlands Rules

Our friends at ANJEC and the NJ Highlands Coalition invite you to join them for a public hearing on Monday, July 11th at 6:00pm in the Center for Environmental & Life Sciences (CELS) building at Montclair State University:

MSU-Hearing-Poster-v2Comment on the Proposed Amendments to NJDEP Highlands Rules*:

  • Learn about an environmental policy issue in the Highlands region important to all of NJ
  • The Highlands provides clean, low cost drinking water to over 70% of New Jersey
  • This rule amendment could lead to a 400% increase in development in Highlands forests
  • Will threaten the quality and quantity of NJ’s largest source of clean water

Oppose NJDEP’s increase in development density in the ecologically sensitive Highlands Preservation Area by commenting at the hearing.

*Your comments will be recorded, transcribed, and forwarded to DEP as public comments.

For more information, visit

Rain Barrels Are Here and Going Fast!

IvyRainBarrelsRain barrels are here and going fast! If you have not yet reserved an Ivy® Rain Barrel, you can still do so as another order has been placed due to the high demand. Rain barrels can help conserve water by collecting runoff from your roof to be re-used for watering plants and other non-potable purposes. This also prevents runoff from collecting pollutants before going into storm drains.

Retailing at around $150 each, the Township purchased the 50-gallon “Ivy” Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they are now being sold to residents for only $36, saving residents over $100 per barrel.

WaterWise Montclair will help you save water. For more information, or to order your Ivy® Rain Barrel, contact Gray Russell at the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721 or email

After scheduling an appointment, rain barrels will be purchased and collected at the Water Bureau’s offices, 54 Watchung Avenue, Montclair, 07043; checks should be made payable to “Township of Montclair”.

For additional water conservation tips, visit the township website here.


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