NJ DEP has lifted the drought warning for all counties in the state except Hunterdon County and Somerset County. Two reservoirs in Central Jersey — Round Valley and Spruce Run — which are the primary water supplies for these counties are only at 72 percent capacity and 69 percent capacity respectively. Usually these reservoirs are at 92 percent capacity in early April.
According to State Geologist Jeffrey L. Hoffman, “Reservoirs, with the exception of Round Valley and Spruce Run, are more than 90 percent full. Stream flows and groundwater levels are trending upward, which is a good sign. We will continue to closely monitor indicators in all parts of the state.”
Although the drought warning has been lifted for our area, we encourage all residents to continue water conservation efforts. Clean water is a precious natural resource and every drop of water matters. During the spring and summer growing season it is especially important to conserve water when watering lawns and landscaping. Click HERE for ways to save water throughout your home.