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Opinion

May 1, 2014

Water restrictions needed

NORMAN — Tuesday night’s hearing on water rates for temporary users comes at just the right time for Norman residents.

All Norman water customers are on a mandatory odd-even watering schedue due to the ongoing drought and the city’s fluctuating water quantity. As spring gardening and yard work begins, we all must take those restrictions into account.

Commercial customers who get permits for temporary water meters don’t face the same restrictions.There are no odd-even days for metered sales.

It might be time for the city to put a higher price or more restrictions on water consumption by temporary customers — no matter who they are — during periods of high demand on the city’s distribution system.

During peak demands, Norman buys treated water from Oklahoma City. It doesn’t seem to make economic sense to sell treated drinking water at costs lower than we are buying it in bulk from Oklahoma City.

We trust the city staff and council to come up with a fair way to sell water.

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