Saturday, June 1, 2013
Under Stage I restrictions, odd-numbered properties can use sprinklers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; even-numbered properties can irrigate on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
The calendar has turned to June, so naturally water restrictions have automatically triggered in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff. Ridgewood Water's Stage I restrictions went into effect Saturday, June 1, and recent legislation changes who can water when. Basically, if your address is an odd number you can use sprinklers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered properties can irrigate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Only handheld hoses can be used on Mondays. The restrictions will be in effect through Aug. 31, though if a drought occurs a range of further restrictions will be instituted, including a possible ban on sprinkler usage. Check out this article for more or the attached PFD.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Residents will be allowed to water their lawn based on the day of the week, not odd-even dates of the month.
The Ridgewood council voted last Wednesday to simplify the watering schedule residents must abide by – and it means no sprinklers on certain days of the week. The previous regulations for declared stages I-III generally matched odd-even dates with corresponding property numbers to determine which homeowners could water lawns per day during summer months. For instance, those with odd-numbered addresses could irrigate on Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 5, with even-numbered properties allowed to water on Aug. 2, Aug. 4, Aug. 6. It was problematic for many Ridgewood Water customers in Midland Park, Wyckoff, Glen Rock and Ridgewood, according to village officials. For instance, if July 30 fell on a Monday, even-numbered property owners were not permitted…
Friday, April 12, 2013
New ordinance would permit/restrict residents from watering lawns based on the day of the week, not the date of the month.
The Ridgewood Village Council on Wednesday introduced an ordinance that aims to simplify which Ridgewood Water customers can use lawn sprinklers during periods of water restrictions. The current regulations for stages I-III generally match odd-even dates with corresponding property numbers to determine which homeowners can water lawns during summer months. In other words, those with odd-numbered addresses can irrigate on Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 5, with even-numbered properties allowed to water on Aug. 2, Aug. 4, Aug. 6. There are also restrictions on watering on Mondays when Stage II was declared. For many, it's become problematic. If July 30 falls on a Monday, even-numbered property owners are not permitted to use sprinklers from Sunday, …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
State Attorney General announces East Orange Water Commission executives charged with hiding high contaminant levels at agency that provides water supply for South Orange.
The state Attorney General’s Office announced two officials at the East Orange Water Commission were indicted Tuesday on charges they conspired to hide elevated levels of an industrial solvent in drinking water, according to an NJ.com report. In February, the Attorney General’s Office said it had obtained indictments against the commission's executive director, Harry Mansmann, 58, of Lawrenceville, and its assistant executive director, William Mowell, 51, of Wyckoff. The two allegedly falsified records showing the levels of tetrachloroethene to indicate the water supply was meeting state safe drinking water standards. Mowell was formerly an engineer with Ridgewood Water, the company that supplies water to Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Glen Rock and …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
William Mowell — a former Ridgewood Water engineer — and another top official with the East Orange Water Commission are charged with manipulating test results to hide PERC levels.
Two top officials of the East Orange Water Commission have been charged with manipulating water test results, according to State Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. Harry L. Mansmann, 58, of Lawrenceville, executive director of the EOWC, and William Mowell, 51, of Wyckoff, the assistant executive director and engineer for the EOWC, have been charged with allegedly conspiring to manipulate the agency’s water supply by shutting down contaminated wells prior to monthly water tests in order to falsify results. The pair are accused of reporting lower levels of the contaminant tetrachlorethene, an industrial solvent also known as PERC, used for dry cleaning. PERC is classified as a probable carcinogen. Mowell worked as the chief engineer at …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Resident says she pays nearly triple in sewer tax compared with water usage.
A Sugarbush Court resident commenting during a Wyckoff committee meeting Tuesday night addressed concerns over high sewer tax rates. “If the sewer rates were tied into the water rates, it seems to me that would be more fair,” said Elinor Fields, who has a yearly water bill of about $150 and a sewer tax of $438. Township Administrator Bob Shannon explained that the town long ago decided to have a standard per dwelling tax rate. In order to meet Fields’s request meters would have to be installed at each home and water comes from various sources such as Ridgewood Water, Waldwick Water and underground wells town-wide, according to Shannon. Condo clusters would pose another challenge; Field’s condo association uses well water to irrigate the …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The finding did not amount to a public danger, Ridgewood Water officials contend.
Lab samples taken over the summer revealed lead was in the Ridgewood Water supply, utility officials told the village council Wednesday. According to Dave Scheibner, the utility's business director, regular tests required by the New Jersey DEP found "an exceedance" in June. The discovery prompted a battery of public notices, including mailings to residents, healthcare and childcare facilities, as well as website posts. "It's not a danger to the public," Scheibner said. "Essentially the lead that is detected is picked up in household plumbing, it’s not in the source water. The very simple method of dealing with it is if the water has been inactive for a while, run the faucet for half a minute and everything is gone." Ridgewood Water …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Two-month ban on lawn watering on Mondays, alternate days ended Friday.
With the dog days of summer now behind us, Ridgewood Village Manager Ken Gabbert announced Friday that water restrictions have effectively been lifted. The Stage II restrictions were enacted July 10 following weeks of drought, dropping water tanks to dangerously low levels, Ridgewood Water officials said. The restrictions prohibited lawn irrigation on Mondays and limited homeowners to watering only on odd or even days, based on the property number. "The purpose of this initiative was to reasonably limit water usage on a daily basis so as to avoid the high peak usage surges encountered in previous years when irrigation bans were put into effect," Gabbert said in a news release Friday. The restrictions have been effective in conserving water…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Chronic violators will likely be receiving a letter letting them know Ridgewood Water is onto them, Director Frank Moritz said.
Resident compliance with Ridgewood Water restrictions has never been better than summer of 2012, according to utility director Frank Moritz. Stage II restrictions for ratepayers in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park were declared July 10 after months of drought had depleted the tank levels to below 55 percent. The declaration stipulates that irrigations is prohibited on Mondays and residents must follow an odd-even scheduled for watering during the remainder of the week. In a conversation on Wednesday, Moritz said he can't remember a year in which residents were more cooperative. Thanks to rain and a largely cooperative public, water tanks are at about 80 percent capacity, Moritz said. A major step in messaging the public was …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
No sign of relief two weeks after Stage II water restrictions were imposed.
Ridgewood Water's tanks are rapidly replenishing with an infusion of much-needed rain in the past week, but don't expect water restrictions to be lifted any time soon. In a conversation Monday afternoon, Ridgewood Water Director Frank Moritz said he expects moderate water restrictions to remain in place throughout the summer. Stage II water restrictions were declared two weeks ago, in the middle of a drought. The restrictions, which forbid irrigation on Mondays and stipulate an odd-even sprinkling rotation, soon could be tough on those with even-numbered properties. Due to the calendar change to August, watering for those with even-numbered homes will not be permitted on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Have a question or news tip? …