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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Water Conservation is Essential

Conserve Water; Please Don't Water Your Lawn

Brown is the New Green

A green lawn may seem attractive on its surface, but a brown lawn speaks to a higher purpose and greater hope for our children. That’s why, this year, the real status symbol is a brown lawn. 

We all know water is a precious resource. However, water has been becoming increasingly more scarce. Using our water mindfully and with appropriate intention, means you’re contributing to our water conservation efforts, both now and for the future.

The best and most important thing each of us can do to make sure there is enough water for our neighborhoods and our family members is to conserve it.

Water: A Limited Resource

We all learned about the water cycle in school. For billions of years, earth has been naturally recycling its water: 

  • Evaporation, when heat from the sun causes temperatures to rise, making some of the water from rivers, lakes and oceans to evaporate into the air; 
  • Condensation, as the water vapor rises into the sky, cooling and condensing again, turning back into liquid which creates clouds; and 
  • Precipitation, when enough water has condensed and the drops in the clouds become too heavy for the air to hold them, and they drop down to earth as rain, sleet, snow, or hail.  

As the precipitation falls back to earth it collects in bodies of water, where it will ultimately evaporate again, and the cycle continues. This occurs over and over, providing us with the water we drink and use every day for tasks large and small. 

However, there are two facts that cannot be ignored:

  1. The earth’s population continues to increase, even in desert areas with no natural sources of water. 
  2. The water cycle provides a consistent amount of usable water – there is no more. You can’t just make more water.

Why Should I Conserve Water?

Water demands will continue to increase as population growth occurs. That, combined with the fact that there is a finite amount of water available, make conservation critical.

Conserving water locally will: 

  • increase the likelihood that adequate drinking, cooking, and bathing water will be available during drought or dry conditions.
  • increase the Township’s ability to avoid having to implement mandatory water restrictions.

Conserving water locally will also:

  • decrease the amount of water being used from wells in violation of New Jersey’s stricter PFAS violation levels.
  • decrease the likelihood that we will have to purchase additional water from outside sources.
  • decrease the amount by which local water rates would have to increase if it is necessary to purchase additional water.

PFAS

Water usage typically spikes during the summer months each year.  We have remediation steps and action plans in place to reduce the level of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in our water. However, by decreasing our water use for things like lawn watering we are able to shut off more affected local wells.  

All property owners are urged to conserve water by not watering lawns. Those who feel they must water should be aware of the Township's Lawn Watering Ordinance and water use restrictions.

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The best and most important thing each of us can do to make sure there is enough water for our neighborhoods and our family members is to conserve it.

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Water: We have enough to use, but not enough to waste. Think twice before watering your lawn.

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