As another period of hot, dry weather is forecast for our area, Riverhead Town is again asking residents and businesses to conserve water by reducing lawn irrigation “for the foreseeable future.”

Lawn irrigation increases the water consumption by as much as 80 percent, making this “a challenging time to maintain Riverhead’s water supply,” Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said in a press release this afternoon.

This significant usage, coupled with the absence of replenishing rain, means the water district is struggling to fill its storage tanks, putting the town at risk for not being able to meet demand, the supervisor said in a press release.

Water conservation is critical at this time, Jens-Smith said.

The town asks residents and businesses to follow an odd/even irrigation schedule, watering only on days corresponding to your address.

The town also urges compliance with the following:

Watering should be scheduled only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Reduce irrigation system run-time by 10 percent per zone.

Make sure the sprinkler is adjusted so that only the lawn, and not the street, is being watered.

“A few simple steps can make a huge difference in assuring that we can continue to have a good supply of water through the summer months,” Jens-Smith said.

For more information about water conservation, see the Riverhead Water District newsletter at or call 631-727-3205.

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