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New Water Restrictions In Effect

06/03/2013 08:40PM ● By Anonymous

The Ridgewood Water Company implemented new Stage I water restrictions that automatically go into effect June 1 through Aug. 31 each year. The new plan matches odd and even addresses with days of the week to determine which properties can be irrigated.

For Stage I restrictions odd numbered properties may water lawns and landscaping on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only; even numbered properties may may irrigate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays only. A handheld hose may be used at any time including Mondays.

The Ridgewood Water Company stated that if conditions warrant, irrigation will be prohibited on additional days of the week up to and including a total ban on irrigation. Complying with the new summer restrictions should help to prevent more severe restrictions.

Here are the details of the four stages of water restrictions:

Stage I  (Moderate) - Mandatory restriction of irrigation to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for properties with even-numbered addresses.  Irrigation using a hand-held hose shall be allowed at any time. No irrigation shall be allowed on Mondays except for the use of a hand held hose.

Stage II  (Severe) - Mandatory restriction of irrigation to Tuesdays and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for properties with even-numbered addresses.  No irrigation shall be allowed on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays except for the use of a hand held hose. Irrigation using a hand held hose shall be allowed at any time.

Stage III  (Pending/Critical) - Mandatory restriction of irrigation to the use of a hand held hose on Tuesdays and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for properties with even-numbered addresses.  No irrigation of any kind shall be allowed on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays.

Stage IV  (Critical) - Irrigation is prohibited at any time. Exceptions for irrigation using a hand held hose may be allowed under conditions prescribed by the Village Manager of the Village of Ridgewood.

Ridgewood Water adopted the new guidelines in May. The revisions to the ordinance can be viewed in the Public Notice Section of Midland Park Press.

The penalty for violating the water restrictions include fines and having water automatically shut off by the Ridgewood Water Company. Those who use personal wells are exempt from the restrictions provided the well is registered with the local health department.

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