N.J., N.Y. American Water Ask Customers to Conserve Water after Hurricane Sandy

As the states recover from Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey and New York American Water utilities are urging its customers state-wide to conserve water indefinitely as many of the company?s respective facilities are operating on emergency generators. In the aftermath of the storm, water service for New Jersey American Water and New York American Water customers has not been interrupted and the company has not issued any boiled water advisories.
?We are working with the power companies to have power fully restored at all of our pumping stations and water treatment plants, and ask that our customers discontinue non-essential water use until further notice,? said Stephen P. Schmitt, vice president of operations for New Jersey American Water. ?Voluntary water conservation reduces the demand on the water system while it operates on backup power. We thank our customers in advance for their cooperation in conserving water while power is being restored to their homes and to our facilities.?

American Water suggests the following conservation tips for customers:

  • Please refrain from nonessential uses of water, such as lengthy showering and bathing, as well as lawn watering.
  • Avoid using outdoor hoses for storm clean up. Use a broom instead.
  • For customers who have electrical service: Run dishwashers and laundry washing machines only when they are full. If you have a water-saver cycle, use it.
  • Regularly check your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks.

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