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Is New Jersey Running Out Of Water? [AUDIO]

The recent lack of rainfall in New Jersey has caught the attention of state officials.

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“We’re a bit drier than normal, mostly around the state we have moderately dry stream levels. We have moderately dry aquifer levels, but it’s far too early to get into any kind of thoughts of water restrictions or drought warnings,” says Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Ragonese.

He points out they’re watching rainfall totals on a regular basis, and the DEP is working with the State Climatologist.

Ragonese says even though it’s been dry lately, “We get a couple of weeks of good and heavy rain, we’re back to normal – if it continues this way it’s drier than normal – you kind of look at the sky, you say a few prayers, you rub a few sticks together you hope to get some rain.”

He stresses that as Garden State residents get their lawns ready for the summer season they’re encouraged ” to minimize the use of lawn sprinklers – to understand that you just need a couple of days of thorough watering of your lawn to make it green. You don’t need to water your lawn seven days a week – that you have to be judicious in that.”

Ragonese adds it’s impossible to predict whether this current situation will get more serious and require water restrictions because conditions can, and do suddenly change, and when you get a five to seven days forecast, you don’t know what’s going to happen in two weeks.

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