Despite the fact that New Jersey receives ample rainfall--with average annual precipitation ranging from 38 to 54 inches across the state (NOAA 2002)--there is considerable demand on the state’s water resources. With a high population density, highly productive agriculture, and industrial users of water, there is an ever-increasing need to conserve potable water¹ for the benefit of everyone. Excessive drawing from groundwater and surface water sources can deplete aquifers. It also allows for saltwater intrusion in coastal areas and leaves less water available to support wildlife and recreational uses. While precipitation is equally distributed throughout the year on average, variations in weather result in droughts that further tax water resources.
Salvatore S. Mangiafico