As summer comes to an end, so do the water restrictions for Manchester's eastern service area.
The township's Department of Public Works announced Wednesday that the mandatory lawn and landscape watering restrictions for utility customers in the eastern service area have been lifted, according to a statement.
"We thank all of our customers for their compliance with the summer watering restrictions," the statements reads. "Your water conservation efforts helped control the peak water use this summer which was the lowest of the past several years."
Areas generally included in the eastern service area include the portion of Manchester along Route 37 and those portions lying to the east of the state highway, the Borough of Lakehurst and the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station and Warfare Center on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst campus, according to the township.
The restrictions, which placed limits on the times and what could be watered, went into effect on July 1.
"Reducing peak demands is essential to our provision of an uninterrupted supply of water throughout the summer months, particularly in emergencies, such as fires," the township said in a statement when the restrictions were implemented.
Township officials recommend the following general tips for reducing water consumption:
- Use self-closing nozzles on all hoses
- Use a broom to sweep your sidewalk or patio rather than a hose
- Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full
- Turn off faucets when not in use, such as while brushing your teeth or washing dishes
- Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water trees, gardens and flower beds