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Denville Township implements odd-even water restrictions due to well pump failure

DENVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Denville Township today has implemented and will strictly enforce mandatory water restrictions for all residential and commercial properties for outdoor water usage.

The restrictions have become immediately necessary as the industrial pump in the township’s primary well suffered a catastrophic failure and as a result has placed considerable stress on the other potable wells in our system.

The mandatory water restrictions are in place to ensure an adequate water supply for water customers and fire protection service. These restrictions shall remain in effect for 90 days unless repealed or extended.

According to the township’s vendors, the timeframe to have our primary well up and running is approximately two to three months. The provisions of the water restrictions shall be as follows:

  1. Properties having even number addresses shall be permitted outside water use on even number days and those having odd number addresses on odd days. This includes all businesses operating from or at a residential address. Outdoor water usage shall include the watering of lawns, shrubs, ornamental plants, sod, etc., as well as the washing of homes/commercial businesses windows, driveways, sidewalks, gutters, and homes. The restrictions also include the washing of automobiles, trucks, ATVs, boats, etc. If a commercial business is to complete work at a household, we will hold the water restrictions to the odd/even number of the home in accordance with the water restrictions in place.
  2. Businesses that rely and survive on outdoor water use, whose business address is separate from a residential address, such as car washes, nurseries, power washing companies, etc., will be exempt from the odd/even water restrictions. Odd/even water restrictions will remain in effect for offices and commercial buildings as it pertains to lawn watering, window washing, power washing, etc., for any non-essential work and/or updates.
  3. Multi-family dwellings, including apartment style housing, will be only permitted to use outdoor water on odd days. On even days, such water usage is prohibited.

All residents and business are urged to voluntarily observe and implement indoor water conservation measures as well, officials said.  Those property owners who violate the above water restrictions shall be subject to a municipal summons, along with fine and penalties associated therewith, officials said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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