New Jersey American Water has eased some water use restrictions imposed after a major water main break that affected thousands of residents in Monmouth County

While strongly urging customers to continue conservation efforts, the company announced Sunday that they can now use handheld garden hoses outdoors on an odd-even day basis. But lawn sprinkler irrigation system use remains mostly banned.

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“The temporary piping to bypass the bridge is complete which enables us to restore the water system to near normal capacity,” said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water in a press release.  “Conservation is still critical during the current heat wave as even during normal circumstances lawn irrigation places a heavy demand on our system. It is essential that we do not exceed system capacity as customers restart their outdoor water use,”

NJAW  is looking towards the next phase of the project as well. “We are also moving forward on the permanent pipelines to minimize the chance of a similar service disruption happening again,” said Schmitt.

The odd/even OUTDOOR WATERING schedule:

source: New Jersey American Water

  • Handheld garden hose outdoor water use between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  on odd-numbered days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Handheld garden hose outdoor water use between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  on even-numbered days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)

EXCEPTIONS:

  • Watering of new sod or seed if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing and car washes