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Edmond restricts lawn watering

Edmond has initiated a mandatory outdoor water conservation plan.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 6, 2013
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A mandatory outdoor water conservation program that restricts lawn watering in Edmond went into effect Monday.

The mandatory odd-even watering plan replaces the city's voluntary watering program, which was used in summer months.

An agreement with Oklahoma City to purchase water during summer peak usage days required Edmond to implement a water conservation program at least as stringent as Oklahoma City's water conservation program, said Kris Neifing, Edmond's water resources superintendent.

Edmond's daily water use is typically 10 million to 11 million gallons per day. The amount climbs to 23 million gallons during summer peak days.

“There is no water shortage in Edmond,” Neifing said. “There is no strain on the water system at this time.”

People whose street addresses end in an odd number can water on odd-numbered days of the month. Residents whose street addresses end in an even number can only water on days of the month that end in an even number.

The odd-even watering plan is the first step of a five-step conservation plan that will be implemented if the water situation worsens.

“People don't need to water more than every other day,” Neifing said. “It is good practice.”

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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