Oklahoma governor urges water conservation measures

Reminding Oklahomans that 64 percent of the state continues to suffer from drought, Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday urged all Oklahomans to take voluntary conservation measures.
by Randy Ellis Modified: January 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014
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Reminding Oklahomans that 64 percent of the state continues to suffer from drought, Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday urged all Oklahomans to take voluntary conservation measures.

“Low water levels due to drought are having serious effects on our economy and are particularly harmful to communities that rely on Oklahoma lakes for tourism and recreation,” Fallin said in a news release. “As we examine ways to make state government more efficient in its water use, I am continuing to encourage all Oklahomans to consider common-sense water conservation. Things as simple as fixing leaks around the house and limiting the amount you water your lawn can help preserve our reservoirs and lakes.”

Far Southwestern Oklahoma has been hardest hit by the three-year drought, said Michael Teague, the governor's secretary of energy and environment.

Reeling off lakes in Southwestern Oklahoma, Teague said Lugert-Altus is down 30 feet, Waurika is down 14 feet and Tom Steed is down 13 feet.

The problem has been moving eastward along the Red River drainage basin and is now impacting Lake Texoma, he said.

“Texoma right now is down 7 feet and that's a huge impact to the recreation around that lake,” Teague said.

“There are a lot of folks that thought because of the storms last spring that the drought was over,” Teague said. “The drought is absolutely not over.”

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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