“I think it’s time we go to the mat protecting our water,” Heiple said.
Currently, the city code prevents someone from drilling into the aquifer if they are on city water.
Also discussed were tribal water rights in east Norman.
“We would be pre-empted if it’s a federal Indian tribe,” city attorney Jeff Bryant said.
Harrington said if the city is going to meter water on domestic wells, it should occasionally collect data from samples to check for contamination.
“Most people on a domestic well don’t know their own groundwater quality, so the city would be providing a service,” Harrington said. “We know more about the water quality at the municipal level depths than we do at the domestic well depth, so the city would be providing badly-needed data.”
In addition to concerns about saltwater, west Norman also has issues with naturally-occurring arsenic.