NORMAN — City council members Tuesday will discuss how to address a directive from the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District that the city reduce its water usage from Lake Thunderbird by 10 percent.
The council will meet in a conference at 5 p.m. at city hall, 201 W Gray St., before the 6:30 p.m. regular business meeting.
In a Dec. 27 letter to City Manager Steve Lewis, the district's executive director, Randy Worden, said an ongoing drought and near record-low lake levels make it necessary to take conservation steps.
Worden said the district, which is Lake Thunderbird's governing body, is asking that Norman, Midwest City and Del City reduce usage by 10 percent, effective Jan. 1.
If the drought continues and the lake level continues to fall, further reductions might be necessary, he warned.
Drinking supplies for all three cities come from a combination of Lake Thunderbird water and wells. Norman's reliance on Lake Thunderbird for drinking water is the greatest, with 43.8 percent of the total allocation. Midwest City has a 40.4 percent allocation, and Del City's allocation is 15.8 percent.
Midwest City and Del City do not use the full amount allocated to them each year, but Norman does, city officials say.
In his letter to the Norman city manager, Worden said Lake Thunderbird's level is about 7.5 feet below normal.
Council members will discuss how a 10 percent reduction will affect the city.
Also at Tuesday's conference, the council will discuss construction bids for Legacy Park, which will be built in the University North Park Addition on the city's northwest side.
In the regular business meeting, the council will discuss a recommendation by three council members that a request for proposals for an eastside library branch be advertised within the next 30 days.
Council members Dave Spaulding, Chad Williams and Robert Castleberry requested the discussion. The three members contend some previously dedicated road construction money has been freed up to help pay for construction of an eastside branch.