Drought could lead to tighter water restrictions for OKC residents

More restrictions on outdoor watering, price “disincentives” and increased rationing enforcement are being considered by the city of Oklahoma City as it grapples with an ongoing drought.
BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com Modified: January 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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More restrictions on outdoor watering, price hikes and increased rationing enforcement are being considered by the city of Oklahoma City as it grapples with an ongoing drought.

Marsha Slaughter, director of the Oklahoma City Water/Waste Water Utilities department, said presentations likely will be made over the next few weeks to the Oklahoma City Council and the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust. Despite the appearance of a depleted Lake Hefner reservoir along its shoreline, Slaughter said she is not worried about the city running out of water.

“The lakes won't be almost full like we've enjoyed in past years, but they won't be empty,” Slaughter said. “We reviewed all the historical rainfall data available, and learned that even in the long-term droughts there were always rains that helped replenish the water supply lakes.”

The city last week implemented odd/even water rationing.

Cities that use Oklahoma City water are also subject to the water rationing. Suburbs and water districts subject to the new restrictions are: Blanchard, Edmond, El Reno, Moore, Mustang, Newcastle, Norman, Piedmont, Yukon, Canadian County Rural Water District #3, the Deer Creek Rural Water Corporation, Tinker Air Force Base and Pottawatomie County Rural Water District #3.

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