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Midwest City says water reduction mandate not a problem

Midwest City leaders said an order to cut Lake Thunderbird water use by 10 percent will not adversely affect the city.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 15, 2013

— Midwest City officials say they have no plans to ration water, despite a mandatory 10 percent reduction in the water it receives from Lake Thunderbird.

Midwest City, Del City and Norman use Lake Thunderbird as a drinking supply, supplemented by well water.

The Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District has ordered each city to cut its usage from Lake Thunderbird by 10 percent because of an ongoing drought and low lake levels.

The reduction does not negatively affect Midwest City or Del City because both cities have ample well water and routinely do not use their annual allocation from Lake Thunderbird, officials have said.

Norman has instituted a mandatory water conservation plan to deal with the reduction. Residents are asked to water on odd- and even-numbered days based on their street addresses and to refrain from watering on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Midwest City has 22 working wells throughout the city that supply, on average, 9 to 10 percent of the city's water each month, said William Janacek, environmental services director for Midwest City.

Janacek said the city will increase its well usage by 10 percent without experiencing any problems.

Del City officials also have said the order does not negatively affect that city. Del City's allocation from Lake Thunderbird is 15.8 percent. Midwest City has a 40.4 percent allocation, and Norman has 43.8 percent of the total allocation.


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