Water is a limited resource that everyone needs to survive. While New Jersey is considered a ‘water-rich’ state because it receives about 46 inches of rainfall a year, each resident uses about 70 gallons of water per day. During the growing season (April–October), outdoor water use can increase this use to 155 gallons per day per person.
This means that over 9 million people living in New Jersey are using 630 million to 1 billion gallons of water every day!
So how can you save water?
Saving water is easy. Small everyday changes can add up to big water savings.
- Turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving can save up to 180 gallons of water per month.
- Fixing leaks around your house can save up to 400 gallons each month.
- Collecting water in one rain barrel can save about 1,400 gallons of water every year.
For more information on water conservation, please see the list of website links below.
Remember, every drop counts!
For the Homeowner
- Save Water, Every Drop Counts Flyer (PDF)
- Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County Rain Barrels
- New Jersey Water Savers
- NJDEP Division of Water Supply
- River-Friendly Resident
For the Farmer
- NJ Department of Agriculture
- NJ Natural Resources Conservation Service – Irrigation Guide
- Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education – Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch
For more information, contact Steve Yergeau, County Agent II, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-505-3671.