Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

August 24, 2016
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512

Fewer water restrictions required

NEW CITY - - As a result of both the moderate rainfall and reduced water usage over the past few weeks, County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert today announced that the County has lowered the mandatory water restrictions from Stage II to Stage I.

Residents and businesses may now:

  • Hand wash their cars.
  • Wash paved surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
  • Water their lawns every other day, instead of only two days per week.
  • Water their lawns, gardens and landscape plants for two additional hours on specified days.

In addition, the required 10% reduction in use by plant nurseries and golf courses is eliminated.


Remaining water restrictions:

    Lawns, gardens and landscape:

  • Residents may only water lawns, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, trees, shrubs, potted plants, or other outdoor plants between midnight and 6 a.m., for automatic, in-ground irrigation systems, and between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. for manual sprinklers or a hose every other day of the month, based on your address. Properties with an odd numbered address may water on odd days of the month (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and properties with an even number may water on even days of the month (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.). For example: If you live at 9 Main Street, you may water your garden or landscape during specified hours on August 25, 27, 29, etc. If you live at 10 Main Street, you may water your garden or landscape during specified hours on August 24, 26, 28, etc.
  • Mulching is recommended to preserve moisture.


    In addition, these restrictions continue:

  • Restaurants cannot serve water unless the patron requests it.
  • The use of flow-through (non-recycled) fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools is not allowed.
  • Water cannot be used for flushing sewers or hydrants except for emergencies.
  • All water leaks must be repaired within 48 hours.
  • No bulk water supply from any source within the county may be exported outside the county.

"We thank everyone for their efforts in conserving water, and we continue to ask residents and businesses to be vigilant in their efforts to make sure there is sufficient water available for domestic use and fire protection. We have seen an approximate 10% reduction in water use reported by United Water (Suez) and we want to thank everyone for their cooperation in reducing consumption," said County Executive Day.

"It is important to remember that the summer is not over, and our water resources have not completely recovered. If hot dry weather returns, and our water usage increases too much, we may be forced to reinstate Stage II restrictions. As always, it is important to continue to use water wisely. For example, use low-flow shower heads and toilets, fix any leaks, sweep rather than wash paved surfaces, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, run only full loads in washing machines and dish washers, and don't use toilets to dispose of tissues," said Dr. Ruppert.

For more information, call (845) 364-2608 or visit the Health Department's Drought Information web page There is also a "Drought" category added on the Rockland County Department of Health Complaint Form to notify the Health Department if you see water leaks, or if you see water being used outside the allowable schedule.