NJ Declares Drought Watch, Asks Some To Conserve Water

TRENTON (AP) -

State officials on Wednesday issued a drought watch for parts of central and northern New Jersey, saying there was too little rainfall.

The Environmental Protection Department is urging residents to voluntarily conserve their water use in all or parts of 12 counties, including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset and Union.

Residents shouldn’t over-water lawns, should fix leaky pipes and turn off faucets while brushing their teeth.

The department says if the weather remains warm and dry, it could consider issuing a drought warning. That requires water companies to come up with plans to transfer water from areas with more to those with less.