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TRENTON, N.J. -- Water use restrictions have been lifted in
parts of New Jersey, but the state remains under a drought emergency.
Restrictions were lifted in northern and central New Jersey but
low water levels require that the limits remain in place in South
Jersey, said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner
While rainfall has increased over the past two months, the
statewide rainfall average remains 7 inches below normal for the
year, Campbell noted.
``The primary message today is the same,'' Campbell said. ``We
must continue to conserve water.''
Campbell said parts of South Jersey, where water is supplied
mainly through groundwater aquifers instead of reservoirs, has
received less rain that the rest of the state, and the sandy soil in
coastal areas also takes longer to recharge groundwater levels.
Campbell wants groundwater levels to recover and the state to find
ways to conserve water before the drought emergency is ended.
Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club's New Jersey chapter said it is
important for the emergency to stay in place while the state works on
better ways to manage New Jersey's water supply.
``The previous administration ended the drought emergency too
soon, and we ju st went from one drought emergency to another without
doing any planning,'' Tittel said.
Restrictions still in place in South Jersey bar golf courses from
using more than 80 percent of their normal monthly water allocation,
limit residential lawn watering to alternate days and permit washing
of cars on weekends only.
Campbell also ended the restriction on open fires.
State residents have been asked to continue to voluntarily
restrict water usage.
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