UNITED WATER RAHWAY URGES CONSERVATION
Heat Wave Prompts Request For Reduced
Outdoor Water Usage
Rahway – United Water Rahway and
City of Rahway officials are urging customers to conserve water
and cut back on outdoor usage during this heat wave.
"We were able to meet our customers’
water needs over the hot Fourth of July weekend," said Jim
Glozzy, United Water General Manager. "However, because of the
heat wave, we are urging our customers to use water wisely. With
scorching temperatures expected to continue and no significant
rainfall predicted, voluntary conservation will help us preserve
our water supplies. In addition, taking these steps now should
help reduce the potential for greater, mandatory restrictions."
United Water is asking customers to
reduce outdoor water usage and, more specifically, to modify
lawn watering times. "For customers who feel they must water
their lawns, we are asking them to do so between 7 p.m. and 10
p.m." said Glozzy." Setting their sprinklers for the early
evening hours for the duration of this heat wave will help us to
meet heavy demand."
According to Glozzy, lawn irrigation
systems substantially increase water demand. Just one lawn
irrigation system uses about the same amount of water as five
households. Outdoor water demands can result in up to 50 percent
more water use throughout the United Water system.
"This is also a good time to remind
customers that our ET program is an effective way to have a
healthy lawn without wasting water," said Glozzy. "Short for
EvapoTranspiration, ET uses scientific weather data to determine
exactly when and how long to water the lawn."
For information on ET or additional
conservation tips, call customer service at 1-800-422-5987 or
Save Water Outside
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clear debris from sidewalks.
- Set your lawn mower one notch higher. Longer grass
allows less evaporation.
- Sprinkle the lawn, not the pavement.
- Water the lawn only when needed, and between 7 p.m. and
- Make sure your hose has a shut-off nozzle.
- Cover your pool to reduce evaporation.
- Wash your car with soap and water from a bucket.