While the state has seen some relief from the drought recently, lake levels and ground water levels continue to decline according to data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mesonet.
Lake Canton, which serves as a water source for Oklahoma City, is 14 feet below the conservation pool and is 16 percent full. The city of Norman remains on mandatory conservation because of the reduction in allocation allowed by the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District from Lake Thunderbird.
“This was a great rain, but it certainly does not break the drought,” said Norman Utilities Director Ken Komiske.
A contract with Del City for a portion of its Thunderbird allotment will kick in on May 1, but the city will remain at Stage 2 mandatory conservation.
“Everybody is in conservation mode that gets water from Thunderbird,” said Komiske. “We must stay in conservation mode — that was part of the contract with Del City.”