FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE04-40
Of Environmental Protection Updating City’s Drought Rules
will be discussed at Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 20 from
10 a.m. to 12 noon at St. Johns University-Manhattan Campus
Auditorium, 101 Murray Street, New York
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the DEP
is updating the City’s Drought Emergency Rules, which regulate
water usage during times of drought.
“In light of recent experiences with drought, the DEP recognized
that amendments to the drought rules are needed,” said Commissioner
Ward. “The amended rules are streamlined and simplified,
and redundancies and inconsistencies have been eliminated. The
new rules will also provide for greater flexibility during various
stages of a drought.”
City drought rules define the stages of a drought from Drought
Watch to Drought Warning to Drought Emergency stages one through
four. Various water use restrictions are applicable in each stage.
Examples of drought restrictions include limits on car washing
and lawn watering, prohibitions on the washing of streets and sidewalks,
and limits on the use of ornamental fountains. (See all the current
drought rules on the DEP’s Web site at nyc.gov/dep.)
Changes in the amended rules include:
In a State One emergency, all paved surfaces may be washed
with City water for public health reasons:
In a Stage One emergency, newly seeded/planted turf or plants
way be watered on the day of planting and for the next two days;
In a Stage One emergency, ornamental uses of non-city water
are permitted. In a Stage Two emergency, ornamental usage of
even non-city water will be allowed if it serves an animal habitat.
DEP has the option of placing a flow restrictor on water lines
as a sanction for non-compliance with drought rules.
New York City has experienced seven droughts since 1963, with
the most recent one ending on January 3, 2003.