Monmouth County goes on Odd/Even water usage after treatment plant outage

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FREEHOLD, NJ – New Jersey American Water is asking its Monmouth and Ocean County customers to use an odd/even schedule for outdoor watering due to a planned outage at one of its primary water treatment plants and increased high-water demands.   

“We hope that our Monmouth and Ocean County customers will voluntarily adopt odd/even watering practices as we continue through the summer,” said Carmen Tierno, senior director of operations at New Jersey American Water. “Practicing odd/even watering now will help us manage a finite supply of water, yet our customers will still be able to maintain their lawns and gardens.”

Odd/even guidelines are:

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  • Outdoor water use on odd-numbered days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Outdoor water use on even-numbered days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
  • Water early or late in the day to minimize evaporation

Exceptions are:


  • Watering of new sod or seed if daily watering is required (Note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, athletic fields, and car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields
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Additional tips and information on wise water use are available on New Jersey American Water’s website at www.newjerseyamwater.com under Water Information.