On Tuesday, City Council approved progressive water conservation measures for all Oklahoma City residential and commercial water customers. Stage 1, Mandatory Odd/Even Watering, has been in place since January 17, 2013 and remains in effect until further notice.
Stages will be triggered according the capacity of all six lakes. Stages 1 through 3 are based on the last number of the building address.
The past two years have taken a toll on all Oklahoma lakes, including Oklahoma City's six water supply reservoirs. Climatologists predict the drought will continue through the summer of 2013. This means it's more important than ever to use water wisely.
Other cities that use Oklahoma City water are required to abide by the same program, unless a similar or stricter program is in place. City Council also approved an amendment to the municipal code for restrictions on use of water. The amendment establishes new penalties for violations of water use restrictions. Penalties for failure to comply are increasing fines of $119, $269 and $519. A cross-divisional enforcement team will issue citations.
"It's unlikely that anyone in the Oklahoma City metro is unaware of the drought situation at this time," said Marsha Slaughter. "It's not our intention to penalize our customers for using water. We just need everyone to know how serious this year's drought likely will be. We all want nice landscaping. It's possible to do so and still use water wisely."
To help convey that message and to help customers rethink the way they use water outdoors, the Utilities Department partnered with the OSU Extension Service, Horticulture and Landscaping Architecture Department. Dr. Justin Moss, assistant professor, and his staff are promoting proper outdoor watering and drought-tolerant landscaping. They are conducting workshops and will speak to neighborhood associations and organizations upon request and availability. Dr. Justin Moss can be reached at 405-744-5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stage 1 Mandatory Odd/Even Lawn Watering
Last number of the building address - 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 - water odd number days
Last number of the building address - 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 - water even number days
Stage 2 2-day-Week Lawn Watering
Single-family resident address ends in odd number– Saturdays & Wednesdays
Single-family resident address ends in even number – Sundays & Thursdays
All others – Tuesdays & Fridays (duplexes, triplexes, homeowner association properties, commercial, industrial, government)
Stage 3 1-day-Week Lawn Watering
Single-family resident address ends in 1 or 3 – Saturday
Single-family resident address ends in 5, 7 or 9 – Wednesdays
Single-family resident address ends in 0 or 2 – Sundays
Single-family resident address ends in 4, 6 or 8 – Thursdays
Duplexes, triplexes, homeowner association properties – Tuesdays
Commercial, industrial, government, etc. – Fridays
Stage 4 Hand Watering Gardens & Flower Beds Only
Commercial Car Washes with Water Recycling Operations Only
Ban on all Outdoor Watering & Washing Vehicles