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New Jersey Drought Information
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Regional Drinking Water Supply Indicators

The tables below show drought indicators and overall drought status each of the six drought regions in New Jersey.
A water drop (
S) denotes the indicator has been green for more than a year.
This page can also be downloaded in PDF.

How to determine your drought region
Find the drought status of neighboring areas/state
Resource Importance as a NJ Water Source by Region
1-page description of drought indicators (PDF)
Comment on the Drinking Water Supply Indicators:

The persistent dry, hot weather pattern that has been degrading water supply indicators over the past few months, has prompted the issuance of a Drought Watch on July 25, 2016, for the State’s three northernmost regions – Northeast, Northwest and Central. The affected drought regions encompass  eleven New Jersey counties – Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren counties. The Drought Watch announcement calls for voluntary efforts by the public to conserve water, especially outdoors for activities such as lawn and landscape watering and other water-dependent activities in and around the home.

The status of the drinking water supply indicators tracked by the NJDEP is as follows – stream flows and shallow ground water levels are ranked “severely” dry in the three Watch regions. Reservoir storage overall is in fairly good shape, although levels in key systems in the Northeast and Central region are below average and dropping more steeply than is normal. This is due to abnormally hot weather and very high customer demands. In order to stretch existing supplies, all citizens are asked to use water wisely and avoid unnecessary water waste. Helpful water conservation tips are available at:

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Last Updated: July 25, 2016