Effective immediately, Rockland County authorities have announced Wednesday that residents will no longer have to face the Modified Stage II Water Emergency restrictions, which were imposed amidst the widespread drought that continues in the tri-state.
Rockland county had instituted mandatory restrictions on water usage as a way to ensure that water levels don’t drop too low. After declaring a Stage II water emergency in the last month, the county said that the dry conditions not seen in years have led to unprecedented flow levels in the Ramapo River, which limited the use of nearby Veolia’s Ramapo Valley Well Field, which provides a significant source of water for the county, according to County Executive Ed Day and Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.
Water usage has fallen about 15% in Rockland County since mandatory restrictions went into effect, and the water restriction lift took place following recent rainfall that contributed to rising water levels in the river and Lake DeForest Reservoir.
“I want to thank our residents and businesses for taking this water emergency seriously. Thanks to your diligent efforts, water usage is down 15%,” Day said. “While restrictions are no longer mandatory, we are still urging everyone to continue to keep water usage to a minimum…Staying out of the water emergency largely rests with the continued cooperation of Rockland residents.”