NJ expands drought watch to entire state

TRENTON - (AP) - All of New Jersey is now under a drought watch.

State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner BobMartin issued the statewide watch Wednesday, urging residents tovoluntarily conserve water.

Martin says hot, dry conditions that have persisted all summerare taxing reservoir, stream and groundwater levels.

Wednesday's action expands a drought watch already in place forthe state's five northeastern counties.

The DEP says residents can help by limiting lawn watering,cutting back on at-home car washing and running washing machinesand dishwashers only when fully loaded.

Average statewide rainfall for August was just 2.42 inches.That's more than 2 inches below normal.

Click PLAY to see footage of Oradell Reservoir, which has low water levels.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The Bayonne Board of Education voted Wednesday evening 1 Nearly 300 Bayonne School District employees, including teachers, laid off
Ruben Mondalto was able to wander away from 2 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
Bayonne layoffs 3 Bayonne layoffs
Hackensack residents say that they want to see 4 Residents voice concerns over Teterboro flight paths
Hoboken police two men assaulted a woman and 5 Hoboken police seek ID of robbery suspects

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.