MONTVILLE, NJ - The water table level in the Towaco Valley Aquifer is at its lowest level since 2008, according to Montville Township Administrator Victor Canning. Due to the continued lack of adequate precipitation in 2015, on Wednesday, Sept. 9 the Montville Township Police Department sent a reminder to residents that there are currently lawn watering restrictions in place throughout the township.
Montville Township has been divided into two water management areas:
- North Area divides at Horseneck Road and River Road from Changebridge Road to Knoll Road extending into the entire lands north.
- South Area includes Horseneck Road and River Road from Changebridge Road to Knoll Road extending into all lands south.
The North Area is permitted to water daily on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday for no longer than 25 minutes per day in each lawn zone or section to be watered.
The South Area is permitted to water daily on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for no longer than 25 minutes per day in each lawn zone or section to be watered.
The township is requesting residents abide by the watering schedule, which does not allow for watering in either zone on Mondays.
The township's water management ordinance for lawn sprinklers applies only to unattended watering systems including automatic watering systems for lawns, shrubs and trees. It also applies to all properties regardless of whether they are served by a private well or are on the public water system.
Furthermore, if state water restrictions are imposed, they would supersede local ordinances but only if they are more strict than the local restrictions. Should the state impose odd/even-watering schedules, Montville would remain on the two-area system, which is equivalent.
Read more about the current water usage levels in Montville Township HERE.