Water, water everywhere. But will drought warnings be lifted?
"The reservoir systems are in very good shape, with some nearing 100 percent capacity," he added.
"We evaluate the drought indicators at the beginning of each week, so when we look at the indicators on Monday it will include all the rain" that New Jersey received during the past week, he said.
Some trouble spots Although most reservoirs in North Jersey are faring well, ranging from 93 to 100 percent of their capacity, two large reservoirs in Central Jersey remain below average for this time of year, according to Assistant New Jersey State Climatologist Mathieu Gerbush at Rutgers University.
The Spruce Run Reservoir is currently at 65.6 percent capacity and the Round Valley Reservoir is at 71.8 percent capacity, Gerbush said.
If flows are near average, then we know groundwater has responded well and that last lingering drought indicator will be diminished or in many spots gone," Robinson said.
Status of other reservoirs As of April 3, the overall water storage level of 12 of North Jersey’s biggest reservoirs was at about 94 percent capacity, which is slightly above average for early April, according to state DEP data.
Here’s a breakdown of the latest levels reported at each of the four major water suppliers in North Jersey: The Suez-NJ System, which has three reservoirs in Bergen County, is now at 100 percent of its capacity, after being down to about 60 percent in January and February, then up to 90 percent on March 31.
The Newark Water Department’s five reservoirs are now at about 95 percent of their capacity, after being down as low as 52 percent on Nov. 30, 2016.
The North Jersey District Water Supply Commission’s two reservoirs are at about 93 percent of their capacity, after dropping to less than 50 percent in September, October and November last year.
The Jersey City Water Department’s two reservoirs are at about 93 percent of their capacity, after dropping to less than 60 percent in November 2016.