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February 14, 2013

OKC has no extra water to sell for Norman’s use

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NORMAN —

“We’ll submit the answer along with a formal application,” Komiske said.

Norman is also negotiating with Del City to purchase part of that city’s allocation from Lake Thunderbird.

“Our attorneys are working with Del City attorneys on that. We do have a draft contract with Del City, and the council is expected to discuss it next Tuesday,” Komiske said. That discussion is slated for a non-voting city council study session.

While a contract with Del City could help support Norman’s annual usage from the lake, it will not provide daily emergency water when usage peaks. Emergency water has been supplied by OKC in the past. That water is already treated.

“When demand exceeds our treatment capacity, we buy water from Oklahoma City,” Komiske said.

If OKC is unable to supply Norman with emergency water this summer, residents will face more conservation restrictions. Exceeding capacity would create low water pressure, Komiske said.

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