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July 17, 2013

City weighs water options

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NORMAN —

But Rehring said other states already are using wastewater discharge in this manner and Oklahoma is moving that direction. He said Norman and other cities are in discussions with DEQ toward that end.

Portfolio 13 includes the use of regional raw water as a co-owner with Oklahoma City. The capital investment would be larger on this project, but most of that cost would be up front.

Portfolio 14 would augment Lake Thunderbird with wastewater and also add new groundwater wells.

Concerns voiced by the public included costs, cooperation from the DEQ or Oklahoma City, silting of Lake Thunderbird and whether Norman can and should be more aggressive in its water conservation policies.

The scope of the Strategic Water Supply Plan was to consider and narrow the options for city leaders.

Now the matter will move to the city council for consideration and debate. It is likely city council members will continue to seek input from constituents and stakeholders before making a decision on the direction Norman should take.

The meeting was televised on local government Channel 20 and will replay throughout the week. The PowerPoint presentation also will be available on the city website, normanok.gov.

Joy Hampton

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