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Recent Rainfall Not Enough To End Rockland Water Restrictions

The Ramapo River in Hillburn.
The Ramapo River in Hillburn. Photo Credit: Zachary Croce

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- Three days of rain, dropping 2.48 inches of much-needed rain over Rockland County, helped recharge reservoirs but was not enough to end water restrictions, county officials note.

The Stage II Water Emergency declared July 21 by Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remains in effect.

"We still have to be extremely careful with our water usage," said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. "We're not out of the woods yet."

The heavy rain has temporarily delayed more severe Stage III restrictions, said Daniel Miller, Water Supply Program Manager for the Rockland Department of Health.

The rain that began on Friday provided a moderate increase in the level of Potake Pond, a reservoir in Sloatsburg that is used to augment the flow of the Ramapo River to help feed wellfields that supply 20 percent of Rockland's annual water demands. It also recharged the river, making it temporarily unnecessary to take water from Potake to augment the flow.

A water emergency was declared last month because the water remaining in Potake had dropped to levels that put our use of those wells in jeopardy.

"This deluge certainly bought us some time, but we are still solidly in a Stage II Water Emergency with water restrictions in place," said Miller. "Unfortunately, if hot dry weather conditions return, we could be approaching Stage III again in a week or so."

As a result of the rain, water demand has also dropped over the past three days -- presumably because of less lawn-and-garden watering, officials said. Daily demand was as high as 39 million gallons per day last week, but it dropped to 32.1 mgd on Friday, 27.9 on Saturday and 27.7 on Sunday.

A less positive effects is possible standing water, that could attract mosquito breeding. Ruppert reminds residents to take time and survey their property and eliminate pools of standing water.

As a reminder, here are the Stage II Water Emergency restrictions:

  • For properties with addresses ending in an odd number, people may water lawns only on Mondays and Thursdays, only during specified hours. Properties with an even number may only water them on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • The specified hours are from 2-6 a.m. for automatic, in-ground irrigation systems, and from 5-9 p.m. for manual sprinklers or hose-fed irrigation.
  • Flower and vegetable gardens and landscaped areas (trees, shrubs, potted plants or other outdoor plants) can be watered every other day of the month, during the hours specified below.
  • Properties with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd days of the month (1, 3, 5, 7 etc.) and properties with an even number may water on even days of the month (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.). The county recommends mulching to preserve moisture.
  • The specified hours are from 2-6 a.m. for automatic, in-ground irrigation systems, and from 5-9 p.m. for manual sprinklers or hose-fed irrigation.

Call 845-364-2608 with questions or click here. The website also provides links about saving water and how to best preserve your landscaping when faced with dry conditions and limits on water use.

If you see water leaks or see water being used outside the allowable schedule, you can use this complaint form.

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