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Edmond residents don't have to ration water, officials say

Edmond utility customers do not need to ration water. Edmond gets most of its water from Arcadia Lake and 56 wells, which city officials said are full.
by Diana Baldwin Published: January 18, 2013
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There is no mandatory water rationing in Edmond, despite orders to limit watering in Oklahoma City, Edmond officials said Friday.

The city of Edmond has a contract with Oklahoma City to purchase bulk water. Kris Neifing, Edmond water resources superintendent, said the bulk purchases only happen during hot days in the summer when people are watering.

“There will be no rationing as long as we are not getting bulk water from Oklahoma City,” Neifing said.

Edmond is currently using between 7 million and 8 million gallons of water a day. Water usage reaches 25 million gallons in the peak time during the summer, Neifing said.

The city gets most of its water from Arcadia Lake and 56 water wells, which are all full at this time, Neifing said.

Edmond buys an average of 60,000 gallons of water a day from Oklahoma City to serve the Olde North Village housing addition, off Memorial Road and west of Boulevard. Neifing said that small amount of water does not fall under any rationing program.

“We always ask people to be wise about their water usage,” Neifing said.

For more information on conservation practices both indoors and out, go to www.edmondok.com and click on “city services,” then look under “water resources.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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