“We’re very grateful,” Worden said. “We’ll get a contract executed with Oklahoma City before we can actually p\ut water in the lake. It’s their pipeline, so we have to abide by their rules.”
“Passage of the Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act is great news for Norman and our partner cities of Del City and Midwest City, and we appreciate the special efforts of Senator Inhofe and Congressman Tom Cole on our behalf,” said Cindy Rosenthal, Mayor of Norman. “With water levels still more than seven feet below the top of the conservation pool, Lake Thunderbird has struggled in the face of continuing drought. This legislation will open the possibility for non-project water to supplement our vital water supplies in the future and to meet the needs of our community.”
Rosenthal said she recognizes the city will need to consider further action.
“Tentatively, I think we’ll be talking about this at next week’s conference meeting because conservation will be a necessary step that we have to take because of the continued drought conditions,” Rosenthal said. “What that means for our customers is not yet fully known.”