MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township has announced mandatory water restrictions for all Montclair residents due to ongoing dry weather and high temperatures.

NJ American Water recently announced that current reservoir levels are below 55% with no rain in the long-range forecast for the area.

Beginning on Friday, September 18, the following restrictions will continue until further notice:

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Lawn watering is limited to twice per week on the given days and times:

- Even-number addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.

- Odd-number addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00p.m.

- Locations without a discernible address, such as right-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and Friday before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.

- Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and any time.

New lawns and plants:

New lawns and plants have a “30-30” establishment period.

- On the day of installation, watering is allowed on any day at any time.

- During the first 30 days, watering is allowed on any day during the allowable hours.

- During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday,Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

“Turf-growing experts agree that lawns need watering only once per week if there has been no precipitation,” says Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell. “These restrictions require only a modest modification of outdoor water usage.”

“Conserving water is always smart,” says Russell. “Wasting this precious resource also wastes money and energy, which contributes to climate change.”

If the State of New Jersey put its own water usage restrictions into effect, those would supersede township restrictions.