The Norman Transcript

July 20, 2013

Water quality, quantity

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Water quantity and quality have been watchwords for elected and appointed officials in recent years. The recent drought, followed by some healthy spring rains, has put the subject at the forefront for many residents.

Lake Thunderbird is back up to its normal elevation, thanks to the rains and the Army Corps of Engineers has even been releasing some water downstream.

But the quality of the lake, Norman’s primary source of drinking water, has been scrutinized. City council members will receive an official report on that water at a study session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The state will have a separate meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The state’s Department of Environmental Quality is expected to report on the lake’s status as a water source. Separately, city officials are developing a visionary master plan that will address water supply through 2060.