EDMOND — The city's volunteer outdoor watering schedule will go into effect June 1. The water conservation plan, approved by the city council in 2002, runs until Oct. 1.
The purpose of the plan is to manage summer water use. Water use during hottest, driest part of the season can double normal levels, said Kris Neifing, water resources superintendent for Edmond.
The city's daily water use is typically 10 million to 11 million gallons per day. That amount can climb to 22 million to 23 million gallons per day during the summer.
The outdoor watering schedule is based on the ending number in the home or business address. The schedule provides for one weekday and one weekend day for outdoor lawn watering.
In addition to the specific outdoor watering days, residents are asked not to water lawns between 7 p.m. and midnight.
This break in watering allows water reserves to be replenished, Neifing said.
There are four levels depending on the severity of available water. Level one is the voluntary conservation. In level two, watering schedule and time restrictions become mandatory.
Level three eliminates all weekend lawn watering and washing vehicles and level four prohibits all outdoor water use.
Restrictions apply to outdoor lawn watering and washing vehicles with a water hose. Trees and shrubs can be watered with a handheld hose at any time and on any day. There are no restrictions on washing vehicles at commercial car wash businesses.
For more information, go to www.edmondok.