WEST ORANGE, NJ – Due to the current series of hot dry days the region is experiencing, New Jersey American Water is asking some of its customers in northern New Jersey including those in West Orange to take additional steps to conserve water, which in turn will help customers save some money on their water bills.

“We strongly encourage our customers to consider conservation when turning on the tap, faucet or lawn sprinklers as our region undergoes this latest round of hot dry weather,” said Tom Shroba, senior director of operations. “This will help us manage a finite supply of water.”

“We are committed to conserving our most precious resource,” said Shroba. “With some minor changes, customers can be a part of this commitment because every drop counts.”

New Jersey American Water offers the following tips to save water and money:

  • Water the lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell if a lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If one leaves footprints, it’s time to water.
  • Plan for fewer, deep-soaking waterings to encourage deep root growth and stronger turf.
  • Set the lawn mower one notch higher to make the lawn more drought-tolerant.
  • Use drip irrigation hoses to water plants, and water in the early morning or evening.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the sidewalk, driveway, or patio.
  • If one’s water meter is located in the house, check the meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, there may be an internal leak.
  • Consider doing the outdoor watering on an odd/even outdoor schedule, watering only on days that match one’s street address number.