Oklahoma City issues watering restrictions

BY KRISTY YAGER, City of Oklahoma City Modified: January 17, 2013 at 9:52 am •  Published: January 17, 2013

City officials have implemented a mandatory odd/even watering program in Oklahoma City, effective immediately.   The rotation program includes residents and businesses and remains in effect until further notice.

Citizens whose address numbers end in an even number may water their yards on even-numbered days. Likewise, citizens whose house numbers end in an odd number may water on odd-numbered days. 

Example:  Customers whose address ends with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 may water only on odd number days (Jan. 17, Jan. 19, etc.) and customers whose address ends with 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 may water only on even number days (January 18; January 20, etc.).

Completely turning off sprinkler systems is preferable.  More stringent outdoor water use restrictions are likely as the drought continues.

“Oklahoma City’s water-supply-lakes, Hefner, Overholser and Draper are just over half full,” said Utilities Director Marsha Slaughter.

“We don’t know how long the drought will last, but it’s important that residents consider water conservation when they plan their landscaping, choose plants and renovate their home.”

Cities that use Oklahoma City water are also required to comply with the outdoor watering restriction as a minimum. 

These cities include:  Blanchard, Edmond, El Reno, Moore, Mustang, Newcastle, Norman, Piedmont, Yukon, Canadian County Rural Water District #3, the Deer Creek Rural Water Corporation, Tinker Air Force Base and Pottawatomie County Rural Water District #3. 

The conservation efforts are a result of forecasts from The National Weather Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center that predict lower than normal rainfall will continue through spring 2013. The drought conditions Oklahoma City has experienced since 2011 will continue for at least several more months.

 Residents are encouraged to conserve water and reduce their water bills by installing faucets that use less water, low-flow toilets and high-efficiency water-using appliances.

 More ways to use water wisely during a drought:

 Use drought tolerant plant materials in landscaping or gardens.

  • Avoid fertilizing, aerating, de-thatching, topdressing or transplanting. It’s not a good idea to encourage new growth during a drought.

 

  • Remember, brown Bermuda grass means it is dormant not dead. It’s nature’s way of conserving energy.

 

  • Water plants and shrubs less frequently, but deeply and thoroughly.