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Ridgewood Water Customers its 2021 and Stage II Restrictions are Still in Effect

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Ridgewood NJ, as the weather gets warmer it is important to remember that 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

To report non-compliance watering, please email or call 201-670-5520.

5 thoughts on “Ridgewood Water Customers its 2021 and Stage II Restrictions are Still in Effect

  1. No one drinks this water so we can’t have a shortage. Village water needs new management

  2. When did Tony Merlino arrive back at the Building Department?

    He headed the department at a time when outside auditors recommended a computer based system – one that he failed to implement.

    Now we have an online system that shows us that it still takes months to get permits and weeks for inspections. Why return to someone who did a poor job the last time?

  3. These over paid and incompetent managers should be subject to an annual public review. They have mismanaged the villages resources and, by their own admission, continue to pump toxic water into our homes and schools. Their annual water quality report should alarm all who are unfortunate enough to purchase this monopoly’s substandard product. Look under the sheets and you will see shades of Flint, Michigan.

  4. A classic example of the standard of work in the public sector.

  5. The well water used to taste great.
    When wells were taken out of service and not repaired or replaced, they took the ‘easy way out’ and bought surface water from Suez.
    The water tastes like shit and smells like chlorine.
    I’d NEVER drink it.
    Its good to use for a bidet.

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