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Ridgewood Water Customers Stage II restrictions (2 days per week irrigation) are Still in Effect

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June 13,2017

Attention: Ridgewood Water Customers

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, 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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Ridgewood Water : Stage 2 watering restrictions still in effect

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Dear Nattering nabobs of negativism,
Although Stage 2 watering restrictions will continue to be in effect, Ridgewood Water will begin to consider waivers beginning on September 6th.

The following guidelines are the basis for granting individual exceptions to restrictions on outdoor water use:

  • New trees, shrubs, and perennials – Waivers may be granted, but will be limited to use of soaker hoses or drip irrigation on Tuesday,Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday only.  No automatic irrigation will be allowed for this purpose.
  • New lawns (sod or seed) – Waivers may be granted for automatic irrigation on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday only.

Applications are available on the Ridgewood Water website Your completed application and documentation may be submitted in the following ways:

Village Hall
131 N. Maple Ave.
Fifth Floor
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Waivers cannot be guaranteed and are subject to cancellation if conditions worsen. Residents are still urged to postpone landscape installations when weather conditions are unfavorable.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.  By working together we have been successful in avoiding more stringent restrictions this year.

Have a great Labor Day weekend,
Roberta Sonenfeld
Village Manager
201-670-5500, ext. 203