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.