NJ Faces Drought Risk During August Heat Wave
NJ residents are urged to conserve water ahead of next week’s predicted heat wave. Currently, drought conditions exist across the state.
Six counties were recently elevated to a moderate drought status by The National Drought Mitigation Center, including Middlesex, Hudson, Essex and Morris Counties that all surround Passaic County.
Moderate drought status increases the risk of wildfires, puts stress on landscaping and causes reduced reservoir and lake levels.
The NJ DEP released a statement asking residents to “take proactive steps to help moderate their use of water to help ensure supplies throughout the summer,” explaining that although current reservoir levels are normal that can quickly change while in or near drought conditions.
These steps are recommended to reduce water consumption: