NORMAN — With temperatures soaring and no rain in sight, city officials are urging residents to conserve water voluntarily by using an odd-even watering schedule.
Under the voluntary plan, people living at odd-numbered addresses are asked to water their lawns only on odd dates; those in even-numbered addresses are asked to water on even dates, Utilities Director Ken Komiske said.
Hand-watering gardens, plants and shrubs with a hose is OK at any time, Komiske said, although residents are encouraged to water only in evenings or early mornings to cut down on evaporation.
Residents on average are using about 23 million to 24 million gallons of water a day, he said, “which is high, but not so high that we've had to institute a mandatory water conservation plan. That could change if the heat continues and usage goes up.”
Norman is buying about 2 million gallons of water a day from Oklahoma City to supplement its supply, Komiske said.
How to save water
Norman officials offer the following tips for saving