The legislation was necessary because the federal law that established the lake and a dam didn't provide for water transfers from outside of the basin.
Norman, Midwest City and Del City get water from the lake.
The cost of any water purchased would be borne by the conservancy district.
The bill does not increase the capacity of the lake.
In comments after the bill passed, Midwest City Mayor Jack Fry said, “This legislation has been very much needed to avoid a possible crisis.
“The Conservancy District's ability to purchase water as a result of a drought or transfer water from other areas would be impossible without this legislation. This will provide the opportunity to avoid future problems of water supply.”
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