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New Jersey Drought Information -
Administrative Order 2002-17

I, Bradley M. Campbell, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Department), pursuant to the authority vested in me by Executive Order No. 11, issued by Governor James E. McGreevey on March 4, 2002, by the Water Supply Management Act, N.J.S.A. 58:1A -1 et seq., and its implementing rules, N.J.A.C. 7:19, do hereby amend and supplement previously issued Administrative Order Nos. 2002-05, 2002-07, and 2002-14.

Due to recent rains and outstanding water conservation efforts by citizens, water suppliers, municipalities, counties and the State, water supplies in New Jersey have improved considerably. However, the State continues to experience extremely low groundwater levels caused by severe long term precipitation shortfalls. Because of these low groundwater levels, an extended period of hot dry weather could quickly deplete water reserves and continue to threaten the State with a serious water shortage. This Administrative Order requires reporting of information regarding a significant ongoing water use, so that the Department can evaluate the impacts of this water use on drought management efforts.

Accordingly, based upon the powers of the Commissioner during a water emergency, set forth in the Water Supply Allocation Rules at N.J.A.C. 7:19-10.2, I undertake the following actions to continue the Department's drought management efforts, and to help alleviate the impacts of the water emergency.

Section III. General Provisions Applicable Statewide

The provisions of Section III of Administrative Order No. 2002-05, as amended and supplemented by Administrative Orders No. 2002-07 and 2002-14, are hereby further supplemented as follows:


    1. - 18. (see previous Administrative Orders No. 2002-05, 2002-07, and 2002-14)

    2. Sand Pools: Each owner and/or operator of a "Sand Pool" shall submit a comprehensive report on the Sand Pool, including, at a minimum, the information required at A through I below. This report shall be submitted to the address in item J below no later than July 15, 2002. This provision applies to all Sand Pools, whether publicly or privately owned. For the purposes of this Administrative Order, a "Sand Pool" is any water body with a water level that is maintained by the pumping of more than 25,000 gallons of water per day into the water body. The following information shall be included in the report:

      1. The name(s) and address(es) of all owner(s) of the Sand Pool;

      2. The approximate number of people who use the Sand Pool;

      3. The dimensions of the Sand Pool, including depth, width, and capacity;

      4. A detailed description of the material that forms the bottom and sides of the Sand Pool (for example, partially lined with concrete, partially lined with sand);

      5. The source of the water that is pumped into the Sand Pool, including the location of each well or surface water intake that provides water for pumping into the Sand Pool;

      6. The number of gallons pumped into the Sand Pool per day, per month, and per season;

      7. The type of treatment, if any, that the water receives prior to being discharged into the Sand Pool, and/or any treatment applied to the water while it is in the Sand Pool;

      8. How water leaves the Sand Pool, e.g., through infiltration, overflow, etc. If water overflows the pool, the receiving water body must be identified; and

      9. The report shall be submitted to: DEP Drought Coordinator (Sand Pools), P.O. Box 426, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.

    3. Water transfers: The order to New Jersey American Water Company to accept the maximum practical amount of water from the Elizabethtown Water Company, found at Section III, item 16 of Administrative Order 2002-14, is hereby rescinded. However, the Department may reinstitute this requirement or other related requirements as necessary by directive letter.

This Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until superseded or terminated by my action or by action of the Governor of the State of New Jersey. All previous Orders issued by me shall remain in effect, except to the extent that they conflict with this Order.

Date: May 29, 2002 _________________
  Bradley M. Campbell


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