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OUR MOST PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCE.
The Borough of Stone Harbor is situated on 7 Mile Island and draws fresh water from the 800ft Sand Regional Aquifer. Each Municipality in the State of New Jersey is limited to water consumption based on statistics.
The Borough MAY NOT exceed our limitation. If our allocation is exceeded a fine will be imposed against the Borough ultimately impacting the residents of this community.
Efforts by the Borough of Stone Harbor and our residents and visitors have resulted in significant water consumption savings.
Since 2012 the total water savings exceeds 33,000,000 gallons
Efforts by all involved helped preserve both the viability of Stone Harbor and our area aquifer.
~WE ALL BENEFIT BY CONSERVING WATER~
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS TO SAVE WATER, AND THEY ALL START WITH YOU!
Look for Leaks & Repair Right Away
- Most leaks are easy to detect and repair.
- For sinks check faucets and pipes from dripping water.
- Replace washers, and repair or replace fixtures, if needed.
- For Toilets, add food coloring to the tank water and check the bowl in 15 minutes (Don’t flush) If there is color in the toilet bowl, it means there is a leak.
Install Water Saving Devices
If you do not already have water efficient or low flow fixtures you can reduce your water waste with:
- Aerators (devices that mix air with water)
- Low Flow Fixtures, Flow Restrictors or shut off valves
- Displacement Devices
Make sure all devices are properly installed
Check Hoses & Irrigation Systems
- Use a hose nozzle which you can shut off or adjust to a fine spray. When finished shut it off at the house to avoid leaks.
- Check hoses and connectors– replace any hoses with noticeable leaks.
- Consider a drip irrigation system. It allows water to slowly soak down to the roots to help reduce evaporation.
- Keep irrigation systems running efficiently.
- Install shut-off devices like rain or soil moisture sensors. Repair, replace or adjust sprinkler heads.
Check often for leaks and perform other maintenance yearly.
The controller controls the Irrigation System, but YOU control the controller!!
Minimize Watering Outdoors
- Choose Native Plants Indigenous to the Area
- Add a layer of 1”-2” of mulch to help retain water
- Adjust Lawn Mower Blades to 3 inches
- Water dry spots by hand
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and beds
- Check timing of Smart Irrigation Systems routinely which can be altered due to power outages, battery failure or adjustments
- Obey Watering Restrictions Established by the Borough of Stone Harbor (Ord#1439 )
North of 96th Street may water –Monday, Wednesday, Friday
South of 96th Street may water –Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
No More than 30 Minutes per Zone
ABSOLUTELY NO WATERING ON SUNDAYS ~ Regardless of the Type of Irrigation System
Violations to this MANDATORY Schedule will result in monetary fines. Chapter 542-25 E(1)
Your landscape service needs may change over time ~
Efforts completed by your irrigation specialist to ensure that your lawn & garden become more sustainable will reduce water consumption resulting in a savings to your quarterly water utility billing.
Irrigation Association Professional ~ An IA Certified Professional understands the latest irrigation technology and techniques and shares a commitment to sound water management and sustainable solutions.
Please review and monitor your quarterly billed water consumption regularly. Your bill and water meter readings are tools that can help you discover leaks.
Be sure to report any leaks or variations to the Utilities Department.
Let’s continue our efforts to conserve our most precious resource.