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Edmond is using up to 25 million gallons of water a day during the hot summer days. A mandatory water conservation program is in effect allowing residents to water two days a week.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm •  Published: August 4, 2012

— Edmond has experienced water usage of 25 million gallons a day during peak times this summer, with 100-degree-plus days continuing to stack up.

Edmond has a deal with Oklahoma City to purchase water when the demand reaches 20 million gallons day.

Daily water use during the summer months varies from 18 million to 22 million gallons per day, with the average being less than 20 million gallons a day. During the past several days, demand has exceeded 23 million gallons a day.

The city has had a voluntary water conservation plan in effect since June 1.

Oklahoma City has initiated a mandatory water plan that limits outside watering to specific days. Since Edmond purchases water from Oklahoma City, Edmond must follow suit and put into operation stricter water restrictions.

“We are not running out of water,” said Kris Neifing, water resource superintendent. “It is the problems with the low water pressure. When there is such a high demand, we have trouble building up the reserves in the water towers.”

Edmond has 56 water wells and a water treatment plant.

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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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