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Massive Ridgewood Water Restrictions Would Seem to Limit All Development In Town


Attention: Ridgewood Water Customers

Stage II restrictions (2 days per week irrigation) were imposed in June 2016 and are still in effect in Glen Rock, Midland Park, Ridgewood and Wyckoff. Without these restrictions, the use of drinking water for irrigation will continue increasing toward levels that are unsustainable regardless of drought conditions. To reverse this trend, an ordinance was approved by the Village Council on April 12, 2017 to amend the provisions governing Watering and Water Emergencies in the Village of Ridgewood Code. Changes include:

Making 2 days per week irrigation permanent year round,
Restricting irrigation hours to limit losses to evaporation,
Restricting irrigation using private wells to 2 days a week,
Adding new exemptions, including drip irrigation and smart controllers.
This ordinance became effective on May 2, 2017 and applies only to Ridgewood, but it is expected that the Boroughs of Glen Rock and Midland Park, and the Township of Wyckoff will enact similar rules as they have in the past. Below is the approved ordinance. Questions can be directed to Ridgewood Water at 201-670-5521 or

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Reader says Ridgewood Water restrictions are impacting business because people don’t want to invest in landscaping

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Not to mention the impact this thoughtless regulation has had on area businesses and employment. I heard Rohslers and others have complained to Ridgewood that the restrictions are impacting their business because people don’t want to invest in plants, etc. I’m considering cutting back my weekly landscaping service to twice a month. There is an economic ripple effect to this decision which I don’t think this council considered. If it was in response to an emergency I could understand it, but considering the amount of rain this season it seems nothing short of ridiculous. We should be able to water more than twice a week for 2 or 3 months of the year and maintain our properties that we all invest in dearly. Every other day watering seems reasonable unless of emergency drought conditions, and I want to see the rest of our service area comply with this rule otherwise it’s discriminating against Ridgewood