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Mandatory Water Restrictions Across Oklahoma

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As the temperatures remain above 100 degrees across the state of Oklahoma, many cities are implementing mandatory water restrictions.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Website

City officials have implemented a mandatory odd/even watering program in Oklahoma City, effective immediately.

Citizens whose address numbers end in even numbers may water yards on even- numbered days. Likewise, citizens whose house numbers end in an odd number may water on odd-numbered days. 

For example:  If the house number of the address is 12345, then you would water on odd- numbered days, August 1, 3, 5, 7 and so on.  If the house number of your address is 123456, then you would water on even number days, August 2, 4, 6, 8 and so on.

Cities that use Oklahoma City water are also required to comply with the outdoor watering restriction. 

Residents and businesses are encouraged to follow these practices on their watering day:

1.  Water between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. when water use is lower and less water is lost to evaporation.

2.  Let the Bermuda grass turn brown. It's dormant, not dead, and it will come back.

3.  Concentrate watering efforts on sensitive plants, trees and shrubs. Watering the flower beds and landscaping close to the house will also water the foundation.

4.  Reset sprinkler system frequencies to water in the late evening or early morning and for less time.

Moore, Oklahoma - Website

City officials have implemented a mandatory odd/even watering program in Moore, effective immediately.

The rotation program includes residents and businesses and remains in effect until further notice. Citizens whose address numbers end in even numbers may water yards on even- numbered days. Likewise, citizens whose house numbers end in an odd number may water on odd-numbered days. 

For example:  If the house number of the address is 12345, then you would water on odd- numbered days, August 1, 3, 5, 7 and so on.  If the house number of your address is 12346, then you would water on even number days, August 2, 4, 6, 8 and so on.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to follow these practices on their watering day:

1.  Water between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. when water use is lower and less water is lost the  evaporation.

2.  Let the Bermuda grass turn brown. It's dormant, not dead, and it will come back.

3.  Concentrate watering efforts on sensitive plants, trees and shrubs. Watering the flower beds and landscaping close to the house will also water the foundation.

4.  Reset sprinkler system frequencies to water in the late evening or early morning and for less time.

Norman, Oklahoma - Website

The City of Norman is instituting "Moderate (Mandatory) Conservation" because of the significant increase in water usage due to the extended period of high temperatures with little chance of rain in the immediate future. This represents Stage 2 in the City's adopted Water Conservation Plan. 

In Stage 2 of the City of Norman adopted Water Conservation Plan, the following rules and regulations apply:

For Residential Customers:

1.  All outdoor watering or irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

2.  Odd/Even water restrictions (house addresses that end with an even number water on even numbered calendar days; house addresses that end with an odd number water on odd number calendar days) for irrigation purposes are required for all customers with NO watering on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. The first days with no watering restriction will be Wednesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 9th. Hand watering gardens/plants/shrubs with a hose is allowed at any time. The 31st day of the month is not included in the odd/even water rotation, but conservation is urged.

3.  Excess water run-off from any landscaped area onto streets is prohibited whether by design, maladjustment to sprinkler system, or usage during high winds.

4.  Washing of cars, trucks, trailers or other vehicles is prohibited unless these items are taken to a commercial carwash.

5.  Washing or hosing down of buildings, sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or any paved surface is prohibited.

6.  Violating or ignoring the Mandatory Conservation rules may result in enforcement action as set in the City of Norman Code of Ordinances 21-501. Violations are considered a misdemeanor and punishable with fines not less than $50 or more than $750 per violation.

Edmond, Oklahoma - Website

The City of Edmond has implemented mandatory water rationing effective immediately until further notice, per the OKC water emergency declaration.

Residents and businesses can follow the level two mandatory water rationing schedule listed below. This applies to only irrigation systems and sprinklers. Hand watering with a hose is allowed every day.

Street addresses that end with the following number have the following days designed for outdoor lawn watering. In addition, from 7 PM to midnight, outdoor watering is restricted. This break in watering will allow us to rebuild our water reserves.

Address # |  Watering Days for Level 2  |  Outdoor Watering Time

     0 Wednesday & Saturday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     1                 Thursday & Sunday     12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m. 

     2                 Friday & Sunday       12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     3                 Monday & Saturday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     4                 Tuesday & Saturday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     5                 Friday & Sunday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     6                 Thursday & Sunday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     7                 Wednesday & Saturday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     8                 Tuesday & Sunday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.

     9                 Monday & Saturday 12:01 a.m. to 6:59 p.m.


Tecumseh, Oklahoma - Website

City of Tecumseh initiated Level 2 Mandatory Water Restrictions for Tecumseh Utility Authority Customers on August 1, 2012

1.  Outside water restrictions are limited to once a week between the hours of 6:00pm and 10:00am, on the odd/even system.

2.  Odd address' can water on Monday during the above times

3. Even address' can water Tuesday during the above times

The restrictions are not due to water shortage; however our water treatment plant is having problems keeping up with the elevated usage. 

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