A lack of rain has officials asking Garden State residents to conserve water.

“Overall our major water supplies, including reservoirs and deep aquifers, remain in good shape,” state Department of Environmental Protection Agency Commissioner Bob Martin said in a release Friday. “But after too much precipitation last year, we’ve now swung in the opposite direction, with months of below normal precipitation.”

Martin said the most concerning result of the lack of rain is that stream levels and shallow groundwater supplies throughout the state are “severely distressed.”

“Our goal is to begin moderating demand by asking residents to voluntarily conserve water before peak summer use begins,” he said.

According to Martin, precipitation deficits in the state range from 3.2 inches below normal in Cape May County to 5.8 inches below normal in Morris County.

“Using water responsibly by voluntarily taking steps such as reducing lawn and landscape watering, limiting car washing at home, and turning off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving, can save millions of gallons of water daily,” Martin said.

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