"Residents in parts of New Jersey use tens of millions of gallons more water a day than their watersheds can safely supply – and other areas of the state could soon be in similar stress according to a state report.
Demand in much of Salem and Cumberland counties outstrips local supply by 70 million gallons a day. In Atlantic County, the deficit is 25 million gallons daily.
In large portions of Essex, Union and Middlesex counties, which the Rahway River runs through, demand outstrips available local supply by 13 million gallons each day. And in a region that includes the parts of Morris, Sussex and Essex counties served by the upper reaches of the Passaic River watershed, the current 2 million daily deficit could grow to 5 million a day by 2020, according to the state's new water supply plan. "