The Norman Transcript

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June 18, 2013

A short drought reprieve

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s current respite from the drought may be short-lived. We’ve yet to reach 100-degree days where water use hits the peak and Norman turns the valve to buy water from Oklahoma City.

Water experts say drought often comes with short periods of heavy rain. Evidence of that rain is hard to find two weeks later. Western Oklahoma doesn’t seem to be enjoying the same level of rain.

While Lake Thunderbird is at its highest level in several years, other state reservoirs are still below normal at a time when they should be full from spring rains.

Norman and other cities have lifted mandatory outdoor rationing restrictions, but many water superintenents are urging customers to go easy on water. That message will likely be well received in Norman where some officials in January were already warning of a long, hot summer full of watering restrictions.

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