The Norman Transcript


January 9, 2013

Residents urged to conserve

Drought conditions affecting water supply



· Reducing one laundry load per week

· Reducing shower time by one to two minutes

· Turning off the faucet while shaving

· Turning off the faucet while brushing teeth

· EPA “water sense” label on items saves up to 20 percent of water use

· Using gray water for landscape, garden and yard needs

“I think we need to take some pretty drastic steps now before it gets even more extreme,” Council member Jim Griffith said.

While Stage 2 moderate mandatory conservation can be implemented immediately, Stage 3, which limits watering to one day a week, would need some changes in order to trigger those measures during a winter drought situation.

“I think it’s necessary to modify the drought plan at Stage 3,” Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. “It’s designed for summertime.”

City Manager Steve Lewis said he is negotiating with Del City to “rent” a portion of its Lake Thunderbird allotment. In addition to Del City agreeing, approval also would have to be obtained from the COMCD.

“Other communities have more surplus water,” Lewis said.

Del City relies primarily on deep wells.

“Del City is interested in assisting the city of Norman, but they’re not going to do it to the detriment of their city,” Lewis said. “It gives us the ability to up our allocation.”

“I still think we need to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Council member Tom Kovach said.

The city needs to continue to look for solutions “to get us through a longer drought,” Kovach said.



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