NORMAN — City council members Tuesday will consider approving a contract with Del City that would allow Norman to buy that city's surplus water from Lake Thunderbird. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St.
The contract would be effective on May 1 and expire in five years. Under terms of the contract, Norman would be allowed to buy Del City's surplus, untreated water from Lake Thunderbird at a price of 33 cents per 1,000 gallons.
Norman, Midwest City and Del City rely on Lake Thunderbird for a water supply, supplemented by water wells.
The three cities share an allocation of 21,600 acre-feet of lake water annually. Norman has 43.8 percent of the total allocation. Midwest City has a 40.2 percent allocation, and Del City's allocation is 15.8 percent.
Del City does not use the full amount allocated each year, but Norman does. City Manager Steve Lewis said Del City is willing to sell some of its surplus water to Norman as long as their wells are up and running.
Contract terms specify that if four or more of Del City's wells cease to function, Norman could not purchase any of that city's allocation.
Increasing Norman's allocation from Lake Thunderbird by buying part of Del City's portion is a temporary means of addressing supply problems, officials said.