EL RENO, Oklahoma – Add El Reno to the long list of metro-area cities implementing water rationing measures.
The city announced Wednesday that due to the record-breaking heat and drought conditions, El Reno would begin enforcing watering restrictions, effective immediately. El Reno is a wholesale customer of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City implemented water rationing July 9, and asked its customers to do the same.
Although El Reno has its own water plant, city leaders decided to comply with Oklahoma City's request.
"We feel compelled to honor Oklahoma City's request because it will insure our relationship with Oklahoma City for additional water that we need to augment our system," Tony Rivera, El Reno City Manager, said.
Citizens are asked to implement an odd/even numbered watering program effective July 13. All citizens whose homes have even numbered addresses are asked to water on even dates. Citizens whose homes have odd numbered addresses are asked to water on odd dates.
This system applies to yard sprinklers and irrigation systems. Hand watering will be allowed by all citizens on any day of the week. The city also recommends watering in the early morning or late evening hours when the weather is coolest.
The City of El Reno is also implementing water rationing procedures for irrigation on some of its recreational facilities.
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