Rockland County declares ‘Stage Two Water Emergency’

Beginning immediately, the county will be limiting the use of water - including restrictions on lawn watering.

Beginning immediately, the county will be limiting the use of water - including restrictions on lawn watering. (7/21/16)

HILLBURN - The lack of significant rainfall has forced Rockland County to declare a “Stage Two Water Emergency.”

County Executive Ed Day announced the development during a news conference on the banks of the Ramapo River in Hillburn on Thursday.

Beginning immediately, the county will be limiting the use of water - including restrictions on lawn watering.

"It’s serious enough that we feel the need that it’s time to declare a water emergency and institute mandatory water use restrictions,” says Dan Miller, water supply program manager for the Rockland County Health Department.

The restrictions will limit lawn watering to Mondays and Thursdays for odd numbered addresses and Tuesdays and Fridays for even numbers.

There will be no sidewalk washing and restaurants will only serve water on request. Leaks will have to be repaired within 48 hours.

This is the first time since 2002 that Rockland County has imposed mandatory watering restrictions.  

Violations can run up to $2,000 a day.

Rainfall is about 36 percent below normal in the county.

 

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